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Volume 9
Number 30
July 28th, 2004

Editor: Joseph Trainor

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RED SPHERICAL UFO SEEN IN ROJAS, ARGENTINA

"Jorge Perez says that in the early hours of last Thursday," July 15, 2004, "he saw a strange object in the sky" over Rojas in Buenos Aires province in eastern Argentina, "adding that his wife and son were also witnesses."

"Rojas resident Jorge Perez, who lives in the barrio La Loma (neighborhood), claims having seen an unidentified flying object that was heading east of Rojas 'behind some wilderness at the dog race track' parallel to Route 188."

"'The time was approximately 6 a.m. when I was coming home from work and saw a flying saucer that appeared and departed...a light that became increasingly larger before vanishing and appearing again (something it did) for ten minutes, easily,' he indicated."

"'I left work and was on my way home, and I looked at it as it came up, since I saw it far away, from behind the trees in the wilderness of the dog race track,' he said, 'It came up from behind the eucalyptus trees.'"

"'My kid has a spyglass, and I was looking through it. It (the UFO) was like a red ball that changed colors, becoming white, yellow...then moved in what appeared to be circles. It did this for about ten minutes, then vanished,' Perez said, 'I was startled by what they were reporting over 25 de Mayo, and they spoke about the cold. It was very cold last night. I saw it clearly.'"

(Editor's Note: A UFO appeared over the town of Gobernador Ugarte, near 25 de Mayo, last week. Ugarte is 160 kilometers (100 miles) southeast of Rojas. Also, right now it's winter in Argentina and the other countries of the southern hemisphere. For more on the Ugarte sighting, see UFO Roundup, volume 9, number 29 for July 21, 2004, "UFOs seen repeatedly over town in Argentina," page 3.)

"'I'd never seen anything like it before. I woke up my wife and my kid so they'd see it. The kid didn't want to get up at first because he thought it was a lie. I woke him up so that he'd see it, and he also saw it. It looked like a light the size of the moon. That's all I saw." (See the Argentinian newspaper Seminario Colon Dolce for July 23, 2004, "Flying saucer over the region." Muchas gracias a Scott Corrales y Gloria Coluchi para esto articulo de diario.)

MYSTERIOUS FIRES PLAGUE SOUTHERN EGYPT

"A series of fires in the southern Egyptian province of Sohag has destroyed some 160 homes, giving rise to rumors that djinni (Arabic for spirits --J.T.) are at work or mysterious balls of fire are falling from the sky, a local official said Sunday," July 18, 2004.

"But the causes are mundane--kerosene stoves, cigarette butts and electrical short-circuits, Brigadier Ezzat Aboul Kassem" told the Reuters news service. "Flaming pigeons, their feathers set alight in the blazes, may explain talk of balls of fire, he added."

"Two children have died in the fires, which started last month (June 2004), and about 30 people have been injured, from fire burns or from smoke inhalation, Egyptian security officials said."

"Aboul Kassem, who is director of police investigations in Sohag, said the number of fires is higher than usual this year, at 25 for the first half of July compared to 15 in the same period last year (2003), possibly because the weather has been hotter."

"'Investigations have also shown that there are burned pigeons on top of some of the burned houses, and it's probable that they fell there after catching fire at other houses,' he said. 'Maybe this explains the rumours of balls of fire falling from the sky.'" (See Agence France Presse for July 19, 2004, "Blazes start 'balls of fire' rumours." Many thanks to Jim Hickman, executive director of Skywatch International, for this news story. Don't forget to visit Jim's Web site at http://www.skywatch-international.org )

HOVERING UFO SIGHTED IN WILLOW, OKLAHOMA

Eyewitness J.W. was "driving north on U.S. 283 in Willow, Oklahoma," located about 85 miles west-southwest of Oklahoma City, on Tuesday, July 20, 2004, "when I saw a strange object dancing to the west. I slowed down and stopped to take a picture, but since the car was still running, it turned out to be a little blurred."

"By the time I was at a full stop, it had vanished. Does anyone else have any ideas about what this thing might be?" (Many thanks to Jim Hickman for this UFO report.)

STAR-LIKE UFO CIRCLES ST. MARIES, IDAHO

On Thursday, July 22, 2004, eyewitness Jesse S. reported, "We were lying on a trampoline" at their home in St. Maries, Idaho (population 2,652) "and we saw first balls of light, not much bigger than a star. Maybe about the same size, moving around one area, basically circling what looked like a star. But it was high and it wasn't part of any constellation."

"The balls seemed to dodge each other. They were white and round. I couldn't really tell anything else. As high as a commercial jet, I'm guessing. They were literally faster than a satellite and weren't blinking like a jet. There was no sound."

St. Maries, Idaho is on Highway 3 about 30 miles (50 kilometers) southeast of Coeur d'Alene. (Email Form Report)

UNUSUAL FIREBALL SEEN IN ATASCADERO, CALIFORNIA

On Friday, July 23, 2004, at 1:15 a.m., eyewitness Earl Smith saw "what appeared to be a shooting star moving in a linear fashion across the sky" over his home in Atascadero, California (population 26,411).

He said the UFO "paused, then turned left, then moved linear again before darting away."

"I had walked out to my car this morning to get my backpack when I noticed what appeared to be a shooting star. As I watched it, I noticed an aircraft following the same path. Then the shooting star paused briefly, abruptly turning to the left, continuing on. It quickly sped away from the aircraft, then paused again. Then rapidly darted off."

Earl described the UFO as "a yellowish-orange fireball with a tail and an aura. Glowing fireball sphere when paused. Moving very rapidly while being tailed by the aircraft. It was able to move away from the aircraft at a speed at least twice that of the aircraft's speed."

Atascadero, Cal. is on Highway 101 approximately 15 miles (25 kilometers) north of San Luis Obispo. (Email Form Report)

DOG DECAPITATION JOLTS OHIO TOWN

Police in Dover, Ohio (population 12,210) "said Thursday (July 15, 2004) they are still searching for whoever decapitated a dog and left the remains in a trash can at the Maple Grove Cemetery."

"Police Capt. Brett Swigert said the department received a few calls Thursday about a man in a black cape who was spotted at the cemetery the night before the dog was found."

"The dog's remains were found on (Thursday) July 8 (2004), but the information was not made available until Wednesday (July 14, 2004)."

"Swigert said police mostly have ruled out that the act had anything to do with cult or Satanic activities. The dog had been wrapped in a green bag and appeared to have been burned before it was placed in the trash can. The 50-to-60-pound animal is believed to have been a Rottweiler, boxer or pit bull."

"'I don't think we're looking for an occult person,' Swigert said Thursday, 'I think we're looking for someone who is just mean.'"

"Swigert encouraged the man who was spotted at the cemetery that night to come forward. A woman walking her dog told police she saw a man in a black cape and black stocking hat entering the cemetery. The fact that the man was wearing the cape and hat on such a hot night aroused her suspicion."

"'If this person that was spotted hasn't done anything wrong, they should come in and let us know they haven't done anything wrong,' he said."

"A $1,000 reward is being offered by the Tuscarawas County Humane Society for information leading to the arrest and conviction of whoever comitted the crime."

"While the police aren't looking for an occult motive in this case, that area of Tuscarawas County certainly has an occult past," UFO Roundup editor Joseph Trainor reported. "Five miles from Dover, just off U.S. Route 250, is Schoenbrunn Memorial State Park, the site of the first European-style town in Ohio. In 1771, a German missionary named David Zeisberger arrived from Beaver, Pennsylvania. He was convinced by a Lenni Lenape named Wangomand, newly converted to Christianity, to build his church beside a spring. Zeisberger called it Schoenbrunn, German for beautiful spring."

"On August 24, 1772, Chief Netawatwes (Unami for Newcomer--J.T.) and his band of Unami-speaking Lenni Lenape, also called Delaware Indians, came with Zeisberger to the site. According to The Ohio Guide, 'Soon the community numbered more than 200. Sixty houses of hewn timbers dotted the plain; a church and a school were built, and the loamy soil of the valley was tilled. Lying between the British forts near Detroit and the advancing tide of colonists from the East, Schoenbrunn became kind of a buffer town.'"

"It's clear that the spring was a sacred site to the Lenni Lenape, the Ontouagannha (Shawnee Indians) and other indigenous peoples of the region," Trainor added, "Perhaps Wangomand had his vision quest here, before his conversion to Christianity. In any event, the settlement was short- lived. When the War of the American Revolution broke out in 1775, Zeisberger abandoned the town and took his 'Christian Indians' to Lichtenau."

"There must be something about Dover because the area attracted yet another small religious sect in 1817. Ten miles north-northeast of Dover, on Route 212, is the little town of Zoar. In 1817, a group of pilgrims from Bayern (Bavaria in southern Germany), led by the seer Joseph Bimeler, purchased 5,600 acres for their planned religious community. Apparently, the group formed in Bavaria during the occult revival that followed the Napoleonic wars. Zoar, of course, was the place where Lot and his daughters fled after the destruction of Sodom and Gomorrah."

"In 1832, the villagers formed the Separatist Society of Zoar. The group survived Bimeler's death in 1853 but finally disbanded in 1898. Bimeler's house on Main Street, now the King's Palace Memorial Museum, has a curious feature. A large pentagram--a five-pointed star-- is painted on the ceiling above the stairway in red, blue and yellow, the Society's colors."

"During the Nineteenth Century, the Zoarites 'wore similar (star) emblems on their shoulders to distinguish themselves from strangers visiting the village.'"

"According to The Ohio Guide, 'Zoar Garden, in the center of the village, is a beautiful garden of two-and-a- half acres which follows the descriptions of the New Jerusalem found in the Book of Revelation (Chaps. 21 and 22). From a spruce tree in its center radiate 12 walks dividing the plot into an interesting geometric pattern (like a man-made crop circle--J.T.). The spruce represents the Tree of Life; the circle of 12 shrubs around it, the Apostles; and the 12 paths the Twelve Tribes of Israel.'"

"Movie director M. Night Shyamalan could have a field day with Tuscarawas County!" Trainor added. (See the Dover-New Philadelphia, Ohio Times-Reporter for July 16, 2004, "Police seek canine killer." Many thanks to Loren Coleman for fowarding this newspaper article. See also The Ohio Guide, Oxford University Press, New York, N.Y., 1940, pages 470 to 473.)

PHONE CAMERA CATCHES DAYLIGHT DISC IN TOKYO

On Friday, July 2, 2004, Greg O'Mahony was "a ten- minute walk from Katsuga-eki (station) on the Uedo (urban railway) line here in Tokyo. I took a photo of the object with the camera in my digital phone. I've studied this photo carefully, and the object appears to be disc- shaped."

"When I took the photo, I was not aware of the object, and, after seeing the object in the photo, I searched for it (in the sky--J.T.) but could not find anything. The size and resolution of the photograph is not that great because it is only a phone camera. I have the picture on my homepage."

UFO Roundup readers will find the photo at this URL: http://homepage3.nifty.com/hassle/noteimage/Friday2ndJuly.gif (Email Form Report)

NIGHT SAUCER CAPTURED ON FILM IN USTKA, POLAND

On Friday, July 23, 2004, Dariusz Helle was walking along the waterfront in Ustka, a port on the Baltic Sea in Poland. "He took a photo of a UFO over the Baltic. It was about midnight as he was walking along the docks, and he saw this slowly moving object in the night sky. The UFO appeared just a few days after the Polish Navy stated, 'Nothing out of the ordinary escapes our radar or our eyes."

In addition to the naval base, Ustka is home to a large radar array and has a large Polish Army depot on its outskirts. Ustka is located at the mouth of the Slupia River about 150 kilometers (90 miles) west of Gdansk. (Email Form Report)

"INCUBUS" TERRIFIES A SMALL CITY IN INDIA

"'The Entity' seems to have come to Vatva," a small city near Ahmedabad in India's western state of Gujarat. "At least that's what residents of the Saiyedwadi district believe. They are living in mortal fear of a 'ghost' that has been 'sexually assaulting' women for the past fifteen days."

"Women here have stopped stepping out of their homes at night, while men have started night patrols 'to keep the ghost away.'"

"Saiyedwadi is a small neighbourhood composed of lower-middle and middle-class families. And the rumours have spread like wildfire. Be it an old man or a three- year-old, everyone can tell you about the 'ghost that rapes women.'"

"'I have not seen him, but I know what he looks like. He's tall, about two meters (six feet, six inches--J.T.), has shoulder-length hair, a marked face. He wears black shorts and knee-length boots. His shoes have springs, which help him jump over terraces,' says Jahagir Khan, a resident."

(Editor's Comment: Shades of Springheeled Jack, the weird entity who terrorized Victorian England during the Nineteenth Century.)

"The others--who have seen the 'ghost'--agree with the description. Many add to it."

"Seventeen-year-old Mohammad Rayeez said, 'He carries a sharp-edged weapon, probably a dagger, with him. He spends the day in a tree and only comes down at night.'"

"Mohammad, who works as a mechanic in Narol, said the 'ghost' raped three women at Narol on Thursday night," July 15, 2004.

"Shaheedbanu Yusufbhai agrees. 'Two days ago (Friday, July 16, 2004), he raped a woman in the next lane (street) and warned another that she would be next,' she said."

"However, which lane and which woman, no one can tell you."

"'I don't know who exactly. But how can you expect a woman to come forward and say that she was molested,' said Shaheedbanu, a housewife who no longer steps out of her house at night, like most women of the area."

"There are other stories--about the 'ghost' hanging from a tree, slapping a child, stopping a woman or her husband, and so on. But the fear is apparent. The men of the area, armed with sticks and pipes, can be seen guarding their streets."

"Police have posted two constables in the area."

"'All these are baseless rumours. No one has seen anything for the past two days, so we're planning to withdraw the constables,' said Vatva police inspector B.I. Patel. 'It's mass hysteria.'"

"Psychiatrists say what's ailing Vatva is mass hysteria that affects members of a closed community. Dr. Darshan Shah said that since members of a closed community are brought up in a similar way, they 'all start believing something weird and behave accordingly.'"

"He chose the example of Jonestown," Rev. Jim Jones' commune in Guyana, "where 1,000 people committed suicide thinking that the world was coming to an end."

"'This is actually a state of mind shared by various members. The members display a thinking, or in this case, a figure, which most of them relate to and follow. As a group, they start believing in a particular fashion. Counseling is the only way out,' he said."

"Dr. Shah added that the evil spirit that supposedly has sex with a sleeping woman is called an incubus--a term derived from myth." (See the Indian newspaper The New Statesman for July 18, 2004, "Men start night patrols to keep 'ghost that rapes women' away." Many thanks to Krishnari Bai Dharapurnanda for this newspaper article.)

CROP CIRCLE APPEARS IN PRINCE GEORGE, B.C.

The fourth reported crop circle formation in Canada this year appeared in Prince George, British Columbia (population 75,150) on Monday, July 12, 2004.

According to Paul Anderson of Canadian Crop Circle Research Network, the formation "was a long pictogram of circles, rings and pathways in pasture grass. It was found July 12 in Moore's Meadow nature park. The formation was approximately 76 meters (250 feet) long. The three circles ranged from 0.9 meters (3 feet) to 15 meters (50 feet) in diameter, and two rings were approximately 18 meters (60 feet) in diameter each. The formation was generally rough in appearance with standing centers in the circles." (See the Prince George, B.C. Citizen for July 13, 2004. Many thanks to Paul Anderson of CCCRN for this news report.)

ISRAEL WILL EXTRADITE "HOLOCAUST DENIERS"

"Holocaust denial crimes committed overseas could be an offense under Israeli legal jurisdiction and serve as a guide for extradition under legislation which is expected to pass a first reading in the Knesset this week."

"The (Israeli) government is backing the bill, backed by Knesset member Aryeh Eldad" of the National Union Party. "Eldad originally proposed the measure as a move against former-Palestinian Authority prime minister Mahmoud Abbas for his doctoral dissertation twenty years ago in which he estimated that the Nazis killed less than a million Jews" during World War II.

"But the bill is unlikely to be anything more than declarative in nature. Countries that don't have laws against Holocaust denial are unlikely to extradite citizens to be tried in Israel for the crime, although Israel's protective measure would not require such a law to be on the books, according to (Israeli) Justice Ministry officials."

"Another problem is that Holocaust denial is a crime of expression, and most countries treat such crimes liberally."

"Eldad said the amendment to the law in Israel, where Holocaust denial is a crime, is necessary because 'almost all' of those crimes are committed abroad."

"He said he believes the law is going to be 'very protective' since violations should give Israel the right to demand prosecution even if it does not request extradition." (See the Jerusalem Post for July 19, 2004, "Israel will prosecute Holocaust deniers." Many thanks to Ayesha al-Khatabi for this newspaper article.)

(Editor's Comment: So much for the absurd fiction that Israel is "the only democracy in the Middle East." Thomas Jefferson was right: "We are not afraid to follow truth wherever it may lead, nor to tolerate any error so long as reason is left free to combat it." Truth is self-evident. It needs no armed police, courts, judges, prisons and torture chambers to back it up. Only ridiculous lies-- like "Saddam Hussein is the best thing that ever happened to Iraq." --need that kind of support. By threatening to come after "Holocaust deniers" beyond its borders, Israel is in effect making a tacit admission that the "gas chambers" story is fraudulent.)

RETURN OF THE LEBENSBORN?

"A normally tranquil west German village has been traumatised by a notorious neo-Nazi lawyer's plan to turn the Nineteenth Century manor and adjoining estate into an Aryan-style baby farm designed to further the Nordic race."

"The dubious project has been launched by Jurgen Rieger, a wealthy 57-year-old Hamburg lawyer and specialist in defending members of the German far right. He has convictions for incitement to racial hatred."

Rieger, a "former member of the neo-Nazi National Democratic Party (no relation to the bunch having its convention in Boston, Mass. this week--J.T.) has appeared at far-right rallies in Britain and has praised the British fascist (Sir) Oswald Mosley. He is also a fervent advocate of 'racial purity.'"

"In a book on the subject, he wrote of 'the disastrous effects of bastardising races' and prophesied, 'The white giants are coming.'"

The Rieger project is uncannily similar to the Third Reich's Lebensborn (German for Fount of Life Society-- J.T.), which flourished briefly in the 1940s.

The Lebensborn was founded in December 1935 by the Reichsfuhrer-SS Heinrich Himmler, Adolf Hitler's secret police chief. Many people think Himmler got the idea for this experiment in "accelerated evolution" from his short- lived career as a chicken farmer in the early 1920s. But, in actuality, Himmler was a member of an occult group called the Artamen, which drew its inspiration from both esoteric and "racial hygiene" sources.

In the Nineteenth Century, Sir Edward Bulwer-Lytton wrote a novel called Vril, or The Coming Race, which talked about humanity taking charge of its own evolution and developing "the new race." Elena Petrovna von Hahn Blavatsky, better known as Madame Blavatsky, elaborated on the idea in her two-volume book, The Secret Doctrine.

Once installed at Hitler's right hand, Himmler, the self-styled "Lord of Atlantis," started up a flurry of bizarre projects, of which the Lebensborn was only one.

The purpose of the society was "to care particularly for unmarried mothers of good blood made pregnant by SS or police officers and men and to allow them to have their children in private. These were then placed with SS families who wanted to adopt a child, or efforts were made to induce the father to shoulder his responsibilities and marry the girl."

"Stories spread later that Lebensborn maternity homes were little more than stud farms where SS officers could meet suitable pure-blooded girls to propagate for the Reich, or, as the word went, 'to present the Fuehrer with a child.'"

At first the Lebensborn was under the Rasse-und- Seidlungshauptamt (German for Race and Settlement Main Office--J.T.), Sippenamt (Translated: Family and Clan Office) division. "The first home was opened at Steinhoering, not far from Munich, in 1936."

In 1938, Himmler took personal control of the Lebensborn and placed Dr. Max Sollmann in charge. The organization grew by leaps and bounds all through World War II. By the time Allied troops entered Germany in force in March 1945, the Lebensborn had 450,000 children in its custody. As the Reich faced defeat, Himmler ordered Dr. Sollmann to destroy all Lebensborn records and scatter the "pureblood Aryan" children--"seedlings for the new race"--throughout Europe.

Perhaps it is only a coincidence that Rieger founded his "Aryan farm" on the one-hundredth anniversary of the founding of the Society for Race Hygiene by Alfred Ploetz, a leading light of the Artamen, in 1904. (See the British newspaper The Independent for July 17, 2004, "Anger of a quiet German village over neo-Nazi's plan for an SS-style baby farm." Many thanks to Anton Broszat for this newspaper article. See also the book Himmler by Peter Padfield, MJF Books, New York, N.Y., 1990, pages 32, 33, 34, 166, 167, 202, 280, 365, 367, 368, 387, 401, 454, 477 and 488.)

THE FAYETTE FACTOR TAKES ON...BUDDY HOLLY!?

A Fayetteville "dump truck careered off a highway" in Swann, North Carolina Monday, July 19, 2004, "and barreled into a seafood restaurant just after lunch hour, injuring at least three people, authorities said."

"Three patients were taken by ambulance to Central Carolina Hospital in Sanford, N.C., said Dianne Raynor, communications director for the Harnett County Sheriff's Department. She did not know how many other people might have been injured in the crash, which was reported about 1:30 a.m."

"Peggy Sue's Seafood Restaurant is about 40 miles (64 kilometers) southwest of Raleigh," the state capital. "Television footage showed the truck about halfway into a corner of the restaurant."

"No one answered the telephone at the restaurant after the crash."

"Authorities had not determined what caused the accident."

(Editor's Note: Peggy Sue was Texas-born singer Buddy Holly's big hit song in the 1950s. Curiously, three people died in the February 1959 plane crash that took his life--Buddy Holly, Richie Valens and the Big Bopper.)

In Indiana, on Wednesday, July 21, 2004, "40,000 homes lost their power" when a massive thunderstorm rolled across the state. "Most of the outages were in the utility's Lafayette district." (See the Indianapolis Star for July 22, 2004, "Storm snuffs lights across state." Many thanks to Loren Coleman for these news stories.)

CASSINI STUDIES PHOTOS OF SATURN'S RINGS

While orbiting Saturn, the robot spacecraft "Cassini has gathered new information about the planet's shimmering rings that is still being mulled by scientists. The spacecraft passed through the plane of the rings twice as it entered orbit around Saturn on (Thursday) July 1 (2004)."

"Cassini sent back a natural-color image of Saturn showing the planet's rings are shades of pink, gray and a bit of brown, scientists said last week."

"The rings are mostly ice, which is white if it is pure. Researchers at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory" in Pasadena, California "believe the different colors reflect the presence of other materials, such as rock or carbon compounds."

"Detailed close-ups sent immediately after Cassini entered orbit on (Wednesday) June 30 (2004) were in black and white."

"Color variations in the rings were previously seen by the Hubble Space Telescope and the Voyager spacecraft that flew past Saturn in 1980 and 1981. But the variations are more distinct as seen from Cassini, NASA said." (See the Duluth, Minn. News-Tribune for July 25, 2004, "Saturn and its biggest moon show off," page 14A.)

NEW ANTARCTICA MYSTERY

"Researchers have uncovered a Martian meteorite in Antarctica, one of only about 30 known Mars space rocks on Earth."

"The specimen was found in December (2003) on an ice field about 466 miles (745 kilometers) from the South Pole, by a research team financed by NASA and supported by the National Science Foundation."

"Scientists say the mineralogy, texture and oxidized nature of the rock are unmistakably Martian. At this point, there is no suggestion that the meteorite bears evidence of fossilized life." (See USA Today for July 22, 2004, "Piece of Mars found in Antarctica," page 4D.)

(Editor's Comment: This leaves unanswered the question of how this rock crossed 52 million miles of space and arrived on Earth. Maybe a UFO landed on Mars, and the rock became lodged in its landing gear. Later, as the saucer was making its final approach into an alien base in Antarctica, the rock came loose and landed in the ice field. In short, the rock came to Earth the same way the dandelion came to North America--by ship.)

From the UFO Files...

1832: STRANGE SECRETS OF SKULL & BONES

"At Yale University" in New Haven, Connecticut, "in 1832, William Huntington Russell and Alphonso Taft founded 'the Order of Death,' known to outsiders as the Order of Skull & Bones."

"Russell had spent the previous year studying at the University of Berlin. The Germany Russell visited was in the midst of an occult renaissance (started by Adam Weishaupt on May 1, 1776--J.T.), which was fascinated with the philosophy of Georg Hegel. It was the philosophy of Hegel, which exalts the supremacy of the state over the individual while controlling both sides of the political spectrum, which would ultimately form the foundation for both Nazi and Communist thought."

"Many researchers believe that it was during this year abroad that Russell was initiated into a German secret society. Through his contact with the Order, Russell eventually gained a charter to start a chapter at New Haven, Connecticut."

According to author Jeremiah Haynes, in his unauthorized biography of President George W. Bush, "The Russell family wealth stems from the opium trade with China, and at times, during the Opium Wars, Russell and Company were the only ones moving the drugs onto the Chinese market. This trade is where many of the (USA's) Eastern Establishment families amassed their fabulous wealth...One of the flags Russell and Company flew under, incidentally, was none other than the Skull & Bones (also known as the Jolly Roger--J.T.), sharing the banner and business practices of pirates."

"Skull & Bones is a senior year secret society at Yale, which chooses 15 students (either from elite stock or promising potential--J.H.) to be initiated the spring of their junior year."

"Throughout the years, the Order has basked in the enormous power and prestige of its initiates, boasting such famous surnames as Rockefeller, Pillsbury, Goodyear, Whitney, Lord, Kellogg, Harriman, Vanderbilt, etc. Bonesmen have held nearly every position of importance in business, the military and politics; from spymasters, CEOs and senators to three presidents (They include: William Howard Taft (1909-1913); George Herbert Walker Bush (1989- 1993) and his son, George Walker Bush (2001-present)-- J.T.)"

"Perhaps the most startling coup of this secret society is the (year) 2004 elections, which pits 1966 Bonesman John Kerry against 1968 Bonesman George W. Bush for the presidency."

"The Order is incorporated into a non-profit foundation known as The Russell Trust, of which all initiates are members (thus dues and gifts are tax write- offs--J.H.) Each member purportedly receives $15,000 upon graduation, and a grandfather clock for their wedding."

"The temple for the Bones is a windowless mausoleum situated on the Yale campus known as 'the Tomb.' (Which, by some strange coincidence, is also the title of a famous short story by H.P. Lovecraft--J.T.) There have been a few famous break-ins to the Tomb, which have produced illuminating results--from a room dedicated to Nazi paraphernalia, to inner sanctums draped in black and red velvet, featuring a pentagram and an altar."

(Editor's Comment: This must be Pentagram Week at UFO Roundup. Check out the Ohio dog-killing story in this issue.)

"To complete the ambience, the Tomb is littered with human bones, making it nothing less than a necromancer's heaven."

"The symbol for the Order is a skull (sans jawbone-- J.H.) with two femurs crossed under it. The symbolism of the 'death's head' is of particular interest in occult societies."

"The Knights Templar purportedly worshipped a skull known as Baphomet and buried their dead by breaking their legs and placing the femurs under the deceased's head."

"Initiates in the Scottish and French Rites of Freemasonry confront the death's head in the 'Chamber of Reflection' where they are isolated before their initiation. The death's head also appears on the apron of a Mason who attains the Knight Templar Degree."

"During the days of the bubonic plague, heretics hid under the secrecy of the death's head as it was painted on doors to denote the presence of the Black Death. The occultists used this symbol, one which only other initiates would recognize, in an effort to avoid persecution by scaring away those deathly afraid of the plague. The missing jawbone symbolizes the strict secrecy adhered to by an initiate, thus the symbol became a means to meet secretly without chancing interlopers."

"The crossed femurs signify a sort of honor among thieves. The initiate need only speak the truth to other fellow initiates and is free to cross anyone else. The femurs also signify the Order seemingly working at cross- purposes towards a common goal."

"Ultimately, the crossed femurs represent the archtypal crossroads where one sells their soul to Hecate. The death's head therefore represents mortality and a point of no return, carrying with it a deathly seriousness for those who wear it." (See the book W: The Prince, "Chapter 4: The Order of Death," by Jeremiah Hayes, Reader Weekly for July 15, 2004, Duluth, Minnesota. Also Fleshing Out Skull & Bones: Investigations into America's Most Powerful Secret Society by Kris Milligan, Trine Day, Walterville, Oregon, 2003; America's Secret Establishment: An Introduction to the Order of Skull & Bones by Antony C. Sutton, 2002; and George Bush, Skull & Bones and the New World Order by Paul Goldstein and Jeffrey Steinberg, 1991.)

Next Week: Dubya, Kerry and "Dem Bones."

Well, that's it for this week. Join us next time for more UFO, Fortean and paranormal news from around the planet Earth, brought to you by "the paper that goes home- -UFO Roundup." See you then.

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