UFOs SIGHTED IN FRANCE
On Saturday, May 14, 2005, four people were outdoors in Avignon, a city in southern France, when they saw three luminous objects in the sky, approaching from the southwest.
"It must have been 10:15 p.m., and we were going out," an eyewitness reported, "All four of us went out to get some air. Our gaze was directed at three luminous objects in the shape of a very circular moon, coming in from the southwest. The three objects were moving quite fast, without emitting noise. The approximate distance between us and the phenomenon was 200 meters (660 feet)."
The UFOs "then drew together like a triangle and seemed to get near each other as if flying together. Our encounter did not last more than five seconds before they disappeared out of our field of vision, heading towards the northeast."
The eyewitness, who described himself as "a geologist by vocation," added, "All three of these mysterious objects followed the fault line which goes beneath our (Avignon) area, running from southwest to northeast for a distance of 20 kilometers (12 miles)."
On Monday, May 2, 2005, a spherical orange UFO appeared over Bondoufle, a town in the Essone region of France. The eyewitness reported, "My encounter lasted not more than 15 seconds. It happened sometime between 11:25 and 11:35 p.m. I saw a round object, the colour of an orange streetlight. There was a slight luminous trail behind it, of a curious blue-orange colour."
"We were returning home with my father after a concert in Paris. Just before coming to a stop sign, we saw a strange orange star in the sky. But this object was three times the size of a normal star. As we came to a complete stop, the object dipped behind a tree. So I asked my father to drive back a little bit. But by then the object had completely disappeared...in two seconds." (See Ufologie for May 23, 2005. Merci beaucoup a Robert Fischer pour ces nouvelles.)
GOAT MUTILATIONS REPORTED NEAR SAN LUIS, ARGENTINA
One hundred small goats were found dead and strangely mutilated on a farm near El Suyuque, a small town in the west-central province of San Luis in Argentina.
On Wednesday, April 13, 2005, Lorenzo Villegas, "a resident of the town of Los Membrillos" in San Luis province, told the research group Planeta UFO "that some 'little goats' belonging to a friend of his from the town of El Suyuque" had been killed and mutilated. "This friend expressed a significant loss to his goat herd--100 animals had been found dead under mysterious circumstances."
"'These are people who come from another world, other planets, who are conducting experiments with the organs they're removing from the animals,' Villegas quoted his friend as saying.
Villegas also reported his own UFO sighting in the same area. "Some time ago, while returning from a birthday party on muleback, I came to the river, which is not massive (deep--J.T.) but very wide. That's when I heard a buzzing sound coming from downriver, just like the sound made by Deutz Tractor turbines. That surprised me, since it was four o'clock in the morning at the time, and there are neither houses nor anything else in this place. I spurred the mule and, in mid-river, with about 30 meters (97 feet) left to reach the opposite bank, the buzzing sound became louder and louder, like a strong wind. I looked and saw amidst the darkness three large luminous plate-shaped objects which were hovering up ahead, lighting up everything as bright as day. The mule got spooked, and I jumped off, landing flat in the shallow water. The plate-shaped objects continued upriver, as if looking for something."
"Sr. Antonio Contreras, a neighbor of mine, remarked that the locals complained that their dogs wouldn't let them sleep a wink, since they were barking all night. When he went outside, he saw three large luminous objects shaped like plates."
"I didn't tell anyone, since I was afraid they'd laugh at me. But sometime later, while checking out my mule, I was astounded to see physical evidence" along the river, "some incredible marks on the soil on a side road in the swamp belonging to the Los Chanares Wilderness Area. The marks seemed to indicate that the ground had been burned. It took me some time to measure them. All three of the marks measured 4 by 5 meters each and they weren't together. Rather, they were separated some 5 to 8 meters from each other. That's when I realized that they had been made by the objects I'd seen over the river." (See Planeta UFO for May 27, 2005. Muchas gracias a Scott Corrales y Guillermo Gimenez para estas noticias.)
UFO PHOTOGRAPHED NORTH OF MEXICO CITY
On Friday, May 20, 2005, at 7:48 p.m., eyewitnesses on the ground in Colonia Acueducto de Guadalupe, a suburb north of Mexico City, saw a silvery UFO that appeared to be flying "at a very high altitude." One of the onlookers had a digital Marca Mustek camera and began snapping photographs.
The resulting photos "showed the object high over Cerro de Chiquihite (hill), where there have been numerous UFO sightings previously. Also at the top of the hill are several TV and radio towers." Observers kept the UFO in sight for several minutes. (Muchas gracias a Scott Corrales y Ana Luisa Cid Fernandes para estas noticias.)
FAST UFO FLYBY IN SOUTHERN ONTARIO
On Friday, May 27, 2005, at 8:30 p.m., eyewitness J.H. was outdoors at his home in Mount Forest, Ontario province, Canada when he spotted something unusual in the sky.
"It was a really bright object, flying from east to west at a high altitude," he reported, "There was a luminous trail behind it, a red long light. The UFO was spinning, too. As near as I can make out, the object itself was octagonal. The colour was a dull silver. It kept going up and down as it flew along. I would estimate its speed at 75 kilometers per hour. The object departed to the west."
Mount Forest, Ont. (population 4,530) is on Provincial Highway 89, located about 60 miles (100 kilometers) northwest of Toronto, Canada's largest city. (Email Form Report)
UFO REPORT LEADS TO INDIANA DRUG ARRESTS
"The report of an unidentified flying object over Union County (Indiana) early today (Friday, May 27, 2005) resulted in the arrest of two Connersville men on a variety of drug charges."
"Union County Sheriff's Department officials said Deputy Dale Dishmund was responding to a report of a UFO over U.S. (Route) 27 south near Clifford Road when he came upon a suspicious car near Pottershop Road at about 1:35 a.m."
"Three fishermen, who had spent part of Thursday night (May 26, 2005) fishing in Brockville Lake off the Treatyline Ramp, reported the UFO."
"Dishmund stopped to investigate and found that the vehicle's passenger, Harold Williams, 29, of Connersville was wanted on a warrant in Wayne County," Indiana.
"When he ran (checked out--J.T.) the license plates, Dishmund found them to be fictitious. He brought in a drug-sniffing dog and found 42 grams of cocaine, an amount of marijuana and drug paraphenalia."
"Williams and Douglas Keegan, 32, of Connersville were arrested and face preliminary charges of possession of cocaine, a class C felony; dealing cocaine, a class A felony; possession of marijuana, a class D felony; and possession of paraphenalia, a class A misdemeanor."
"Police said the cocaine had a street value of around $4,000."
"The pair remain in Wayne County jail." (See the Liberty, Ind. Pal-Item for May 27, 2005, "Report of UFO leads to drug arrests." Many thanks to Jim Hickman, executive director of Skywatch International for this newspaper article.)
SEVERAL UFOs SIGHTED IN OLMSTED FALLS, OHIO
"Ohio is home to some of the most unusual UFO sightings in the country. The strange sightings don't end in the night sky; they also lurk in the woods and lakes of northeastern Ohio, NewsChannel 5's Paul Kiska reported."
"Kiska reported that police were left stunned by some of the reports, and the videos of the UFO sightings can be chilling to even skeptics. And Ohio has the second highest number of reported UFO sightings" in the USA.
"Last week, Olmsted Falls (population 7,962) police officers took notice after receiving calls from area residents who saw strange green and red lights moving across the night sky. Police later learned that a new blimp from Akron Goodyear was being tested, but that there were no sightings reported between Akron (population 217,074) and Olmsted Falls, Kiska reported."
"NewsChannel 5's photographer, Tim Dean, has seen a UFO. He shared his story from the summer of 1984."
"'It was just hovering in the sky, and, whew, it took off--gone!" Dean said, 'It still gives me the chills today just telling the story.'"
"Even Bigfoot and Sasquatch sightings have been reported from Chardon (population 5,156) to Niles (population 20,932). One of the most well-known sightings took place in the Cuyahoga Valley National Forest a few years ago. Several motorists reported seeing a large hairy creature with human-like features crossing Interstate (Highway) 271." (See the NewsChannel 5 of Cleveland news broadcast for May 26, 2005. Many thanks to Jim Hickman, executive director of Skywatch International, for the broadcast transcript.)
WOMAN SPOTS A UFO IN CENTRAL VIRGINIA
On Friday, May 20, 2005, at 11:30 p.m., Joyce Naranja was walking her dog around the neighborhood in Cumberland County, Virginia (population 9,018) when she saw a strange light in the sky.
"It was a clear night, full moon, not a single cloud in the sky," Joyce reported, "I was walking my dog and watching what I thought was an airplane. It was moving westward in a straight line. Then it started moving in a weird up-and-down motion, like a fish trying to swim upstream. It then dropped behind a huge star. I kept looking for it to reappear, but it never did. The whole thing lasted maybe 20 seconds or so."
Cumberland County is located 60 miles (100 kilometers) due west of Richmond, the state capital. (Email Form Report)
HUDDLESFIELD PANTHER SPOTTED AGAIN
"The big cat has been spotted again, visiting Linthwaite," near Huddlesfield, UK, "to chase rabbits."
"The beast, thought to be a black panther, has been spotted around the area in the past few weeks."
"The latest sighting was by Judith Morris, 48, of Tudor Street, Linthwaite, and her daughter, Sarah Weber, 25, while they were walking across fields to Linthwaite Clough Junior and Infant School."
"'We often walk this way because the field is full of rabbits,' said Judith, who was going to the park to pick up her grandson, Damon, age 6. 'All of a sudden, I saw something move very quickly, and the rabbits all scattered and ran down their warrens. When we looked, we could clearly see the cat--it was large, far too big to be a domestic cat or dog. It was prowling across the field. My daughter was petrified. She was trembling, and we certainly will not be walking across that field for a while.'"
"The sighting was last Tuesday," May 17, 2005. (See the Huddlesfield Daily Examiner for May 23, 2005, "Big cat spotted prowling in field." Many thanks to Robert Fischer for this newspaper article.)
INDIA'S EYE DOCTORS TRY TO BAN NEW HORROR FILM
"Indian eye doctors have asked a court to ban a movie in which the heroine sees ghosts after a cornea transplant, worrying that it will scare off both donors and patients."
"The All-India Ophthamological Society complained to Delhi's High Court about the movie Naina (Hindi for Eye-- J.T.), starring 'Bollywood Bombshell' Urmila Matondkar, would reinforce myths about cornea transplants."
"'This movie could cause a fear psychosis among cornea recipients and their relatives, as well as many potential eye donors,' ophthamologist Dr. Navin Sakhuja said."
"Would-be donors could be frightened off, afraid their eyes 'will live on after they are dead,'' said Dr. Sakhuja, a member of the Society. 'We have a large backlog of people, particularly children, waiting to get new corneas. This movie adds to misconceptions and could hurt efforts to get them their corneas.'"
"Naina's director says the heroine's vision after the triumphant operation following 20 years of blindness is caused by what the donor had seen and experienced in life."
"'If such objections are taken into account, no horror film would ever be made,' director Shripal Morakhia said."
"India needs only 40,000 to 50,000 corneas per year, but only 15,000 are donated. Hindus believe in reincarnation and that what they do and say in this life affects their next life. Doctors claim some Hindus believe they will be born blind 'if they give up their eyes in this life.'" (See the Times of India for May 22, 2005, "Eye doctors see red over spooky movie." Many thanks to Vijay Sanjavit for this newspaper article.)
NEW DINOSAUR SKELETON FOUND IN AUSTRALIA
"A team from the University of Adelaide and the South Australian Museum unearthed the remains of a creature in Queensland at what was once a vast inland ocean."
"Paleontologist Dr. Bean Kear says he thinks the reptile discovered at the Boulia site may be related to a group of long-necked plesiosaurs known as Elasmosaurus."
"Dr. Kear says teeth found on its jawbone provide the best clue that scientists are dealing with something new."
"'The jaw has a mouthful of 'very large fangs' bunched together at the front and 'no other plesiosaur ever discovered has teeth like that,' Dr. Kear said."
"'This potentially new species of Plesiosaurus is one of two plesiosaurs recently found at Boulia, Qlnd."
"The other set of remains belong to a Kronosaur, which Dr. Kear says was a famous predator resembling 'a giant salt-water crocodile with flippers instead of legs.'"
"The two plesiosaurs were found with remains of prehistoric sea turtles, sharks and ichthyosaurs, a reptile shaped like a dolphin."
"The finds date back to the early Cretaceous Period about 110 million years ago when the world's sea levels were at their highest, and the Eromaga Sea covered much of central Australia."
"'The beauty of the Australian deposits is that if you look globally at the early records of marine animals you've got a lot of early stuff from Europe and a lot of late stuff from the U.S. There's a central gap around the early Cretaceous Period, and we're the missing link,' Dr. Kear said. (See the Australian newspaper Herald-Sun for May 25, 2005, "New plesiosaur found at Boulia." Many thanks to Marcel Fuller for this newspaper article.)
VOYAGER I REACHES EDGE OF THE SOLAR SYSTEM
"After a storied 28-year odyssey, NASA's venerable Voyager I spacecraft appears to have reached the edge of the solar system, a turbulent zone of near-nothingness where the solar wind begins to give way to interstellar space in a cosmic cataclysm known as 'termination shock,' scientists said Tuesday," May 24, 2005.
"'This is an historic step in Voyager's race,' said California Institute of Technology physicist Edward Stone, the mission's chief scientist since Voyager I and its twin, Voyager 2, were launched in the summer of 1977. 'We have a totally new region of space to explore, and it's a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity.'"
"Stone said project scientists, working from models of a phenomenon never before directly observed, finally agreed that data from Voyager I's tiny 80-kilobyte computer memory showed that the spacecraft had passed through the 'heliosheath,' a frontier of unknown thickness that defines the (solar system's) border with interstellar space."
"Stamatios Krimigis, another longtime Voyager scientist, said in a telephone interview that the spacecraft may remain in the heliosheath for perhaps ten years but should easily survive, going dark only when its plutonium power source finally expires around 2020."
"Of far greater concern to scientists was the possibility that NASA could kill the $4.2 million-a-year project to free up money for President (George W.) Bush's initiative to send humans back to the moon and eventually to Mars."
"NASA has put Voyager's fate on hold while independent reviewers evaluate the mission, with a decision expected in February 2006."
"Stone presented the Voyager data during a telephone news conference at the 2005 Joint Assembly in New Orleans, a joint meeting of the American Geophysical Union, the North American Benthological Society, the Society of Exploration Geophysicists and the Solar Physics Division of the American Astronomical Society."
"Voyager's 'design mission' to Jupiter and Saturn lasted five years, then simply kept on going. Voyager 2 flew by Uranus and Neptune to complete a 'grand tour' of the major planets and is now about 7 billion miles from the sun, traveling at 63,000 miles per hour."
"Voyager I broke away from the tour at Saturn and headed for interstellar space. When it entered the heliosheath, it was 8.7 billion miles away--the farthest any man-made object has ever traveled. Its speed is 46,000 miles per hour." (See the Duluth, Minn. News- Tribune for May 25, 2005, "Voyager I ventures to edge of solar system," page 7A.)
MYSTERY OF THE LOST CONFEDERATE GOLD FORTUNE
Out on the dry plains of Oklahoma, just off the Bailey Turnpike on Highway 277, is the little town of Cement (population 500). It's kind of a quiet place, but some people think it's the site of a fabulous treasure.
"Bud Hardcastle and Charlie Holman figure the Confederacy never truly surrendered. Its leaders simply buried their dreams for the day when the South would rise again."
(Editor's Note: In December 1860, the eleven southern states of the USA seceded from the Union and formed the Confederate States of America (CSA), also known as the Confederacy. This event triggered the American Civil War, also known in Dixie as "the unsuccessful war for Southern independence.")
"After 30 years of research, Hardcastle and Holman are convinced that enterprising disciples of Dixie stashed millions of dollars in gold and silver--now probably worth billions--in locations across North America, to help finance a second Civil War."
"'The true story of the South has never been told,' said Holman, a balding, 56-year-old denturist. 'A lot of Southerners know the story, but they've not told anyone else.'"
"Enough buried booty has been recovered over the last century to ignite a prairie fire of interest in treasure- hunting--hundreds of real-life Indiana Joneses scouring remote terrain from Canada to Mexico for what they believe is a mother lode of antique coins and rare documents."
"It's an oft-quirky subculture that deploys high-tech gear and old-fashioned detective work in a quest to unravel the secrets of the Knights of the Golden Circle (KGC), a pro-South society credited with masterminding the elaborate underground financial network."
"Hardcastle, a portly, 66-year-old used car dealer who learned of the secretive pro-South group through his fascination with the legendary outlaw Jesse James. Hardcastle now thinks that Jesse James, a Missouri guerrilla fighter" for the CSA "during the Civil War and a train and bank robber afterward, was 'comptroller of the KGC.'"
"According to some treasure hunters, burial was the surest means of protecting the fortune that included gold and silver from the Confederate treasury, donations from Southern sympathizers, war-time raids on Northern banks and post-war robberies."
"No single ledger or document has been recovered that details the extent of the earthen deposits. But treasure hunters said they have uncovered evidence of an intricate geometric grid system used to determine the locations of hidden loot across North America."
"Further, they said, it appears the Knights of the Golden Circle built a network of sentries who knew the location of each cache, protected it during their lifetimes, then shared the information with subsequent generations."
"It's a two-fisted, hard-nosed world where few are willing to talk much about their successes or join forces, afraid they'll be double-crossed and lose out on a discovery."
"Hardcastle and Holman said they learned hard lessons about sharing information: In one case, other treasure hunters they befriended went behind their backs and unearthed the loot. All Hardcastle got from the discovery was an 1880 silver dollar."
"'Ninety-eight percent of treasure hunters,' Holman said, 'aren't worth the powder it would take to blow their butt off.'"
"Bob Bewer, an Arkansas-based treasure hunter who co- authored the book Shadow of the Sentinel: One Man's Quest to Find the Hidden Treasure of the Confederacy, said he, too, believes he is close to a major breakthrough."
"But he declined, for now, to be interviewed at length--at least in part, he said, because treasure hunting can be dangerous." (See the Duluth, Minn. News- Tribune for May 29, 2005, "Treasure hunters seek fabled Confederate fortune," page 13A.)
CFR PROMOTES MERGER OF USA, CANADA AND MEXICO
"'If our two borders, the one between Canada and the U.S., and the U.S. and Mexico becomes a battleline for security, the impact this would have on normal relations and economic relations would be profound,' said co- chairman John Manley, a former Canadian deputy prime minister."
Manley was one of three co-chairmen of a task force put together to explore means of eliminating borders between the three largest countries of North America--the USA, Canada and Mexico.
"The task force was sponsored by private groups in each of the three countries, including the Council on Foreign Relations (CFR)" in New York City, but "there was no indication that the governments would act on the proposition."
(Editor's Note: The Council on Foreign Relations is the most powerful foreign-policy lobby in the USA. Since 1940, every USA Secretary of State has been a member, including Condoleezza Rice and her predecessor, Gen. Colin Powell.)
"The report, entitled Building a North American Community, has called for the freer movement within the continent for citizens with a North American Border Pass with biometric identifiers and other means to ensure economic and military cooperation between the countries."
"William F. Weld, a former Republican governor of Massachusetts, and Pedro Aspe, a former finance minister of Mexico, were the other coordinators of the task force, composed of 20 experts from government, business and academia."
"Manley contrasted the security of goods flowing between Canada and the United States with a lax attitude to imports arriving at shipping ports."
"'As I told my one-time U.S. counterpart (former USA Department of Homeland Security chief) Tom Ridge, 'You inspect a (railroad) grain car entering the U.S. from Saskatchewan closer than you do container traffic coming into the United States from the Middle East.' And I think that's still the case.'"
"Other (task force) recommendations included improving labor mobility, developing an energy strategy with greater emphasis on reducing harmful emissions and establishing an investment fund to build infrastructure to connect Mexico's poorer regions in the south to the markets of the north."
"'Improving labor mobility'--that's CFR-speak for bringing Pancho Cucaracha and thirty million of his relatives over the Rio Grande to take your job at Mickey Dee's," UFO Roundup correspondent Bill Sanderson commented.
Nor is the CFR the only one promoting the idea of "no borders within North America." Hollywood has also gotten into the act.
According to USA Today, "Tommy Lee Jones acts as if he'd rather lug a dead body on horseback to Mexico than promote his film to the press."
"Actually, that's what his character, a modern cowpoke, does in Jones' directing debut The Three Burials of Melquiades Estrada, which won two major awards at the Cannes Film Festival, which ended Saturday," May 21, 2005.
"The movie is about a Texan who tries to bring home the body of his best friend, a Mexican cowboy, after he is killed by a Border Patrol agent."
"Jones, who plays the Texan, won the best-actor prize" at Cannes "and Guillermo Arriaga won best screenplay."
"'I wanted to make a movie about the people of West and South Texas,' said Jones, who was raised in Midland, Texas. 'We are a bicultural society, and we're often demonized by people from other places. The underlying premise of this movie is that there is no border.'"
"Jones said he and producer Michael Fitzgerald and screenwriter Arriaga were driving around in a pickup truck on a hunting trip on his remote West Texas ranch and decided to make a picture together."
"Arriaga is a hunting buddy of Jones' who has been on a hot streak since writing 21 Grams in 2003 and Amores Perros, a Mexican film that was a big hit in the USA in 2001."
At Cannes, "Arriaga waved a Mexican flag, and jury member Salma Hayek applauded wildly for her countryman as Arriaga dedicated his prize to 'all the Mexicans who cross the border in search of a better way of living.'" (See the Globe and Mail of Toronto for May 20, 2005, "Experts call for common North American border," and USA Today for May 23, 2005, "Tommy Lee Jones is one of Cannes' best-- Twice-prized 'Burials' is about Mexican killed by border patrol," page 4D.)
(Editor's Comment: And speaking of Mexican flags...)
OREGONIANS OUTRAGED AT DISPLAY OF MEXICAN FLAG
"Walking into the Oregon State Employment Office at 119 North Oakdale Avenue" in Medford, Oregon (population 63,154) "can already be a daunting experience for many who are looking for work or have to file a claim. To many it can be a stressful occasion. Being met by a Mexican flag hoisted above the Stars and Stripes on the back wall of this state-run office is for many, like Earl Howard of Shady Cove, Oregon, 'downright un-American.'"
"Mr. Howard had been told by a friend who had been utilizing the services at the office about the (Mexican) flag's prominence."
"According to Howard, a licensed electrician, he couldn't believe that a government agency would do such a thing. On the grounds that it might be an oversight, Mr. Howard headed to the employment office to see for himself and ask to speak to the manager, Jean Work."
"Ms. Work was not there on that occasion and a woman whom Howard could only recall as 'Judy' came forward to assist him. 'I told her it was treason...' he said, in regard to the flag's presence and placement."
"At that time, the representative informed Mr. Howard that it would be taken care of and the Mexican flag was removed, but not permanently."
"Having been informed of the Mexican flag's replacement, Howard went back to the office to check. Seeing in fact that they had put the flag back up, he immediately called Oregon state representative Dennis Richardson and representative Greg Walden's offices to inform them of the issue. According to Howard, one clerk for Walden stated that there is a law pertaining to the flying of foreign flags in and around federal buildings, but the staffer wasn't certain about state agencies."
Learning about the controversy, the newspaper US Observer attempted to reach Ms. Work but "was met with the same response, 'she's not here but a representative will be with you shortly.' And soon thereafter, Chris Rahn, an Employment Division employee, came out asking if he could be of any assistance, but when asked about the flag, he simply said, 'I can't comment on anything.' However, when he was asked about the Federal law restricting such activity, and if it were in fact legal, he said, 'We checked.'"
"With whom? The Mexican embassy?" UFO Roundup editor Joseph Trainor commented, "According to the United States Code, Title 36, Chapter 10, Section 175, and I quote, 'No person shall display the flag of the United Nations or any other national or international flag equal, above or in a position of superior prominence or honor to, or in place of, the flag of the United States at any place within the United States or any territory or possession thereof.'"
"Nor do I see this as a uniquely American issue," Trainor added, "How would the people in Nutley, Sussex, UK feel if the Union Jack were run down and replaced with the flag of Pakistan or Jamaica? How would Australians feel if their flag were replaced in Darwin or Cairns with the flag of Indonesia?"
"According to Thomas E. Fuller, the Oregon Employment Offices Communications Manager, when asked about the Mexican flag, 'We go by the Department of Administrative Services...and there is no prohibition against a staff member displaying a flag in his cubicle.'"
"While the (Mexican) flag is located above a desk, it is in clear view of the public, placed to the right of, and higher than, the American flag, which is just several feet away, and, as Mr. Howard, put it, 'can easily be interpreted as a move sanctioned by the state, as it is clearly visible.'"
"Mr. Howard sees the flying of the Mexican flag in the state office as a symbol of change in our (USA) government, one that favors Mexican nationals."
"'You have only to go into a government office once to see that all of the Spanish language pamphlets are outnumbering English ones,' said Lorraine Tillman, a Josephine County, Ore. resident, speaking out on the government's move toward, what some feel to be, an almost mandatory bilingual community."
In other news, human rights activists in San Diego, California announced their plans to protest a border-watch operation, similar to the Minuteman Project, scheduled for August 2005.
"On Saturday," May 21, 2005, "a group of about 30 pro-immigrant activists met at San Diego City College to float ideas on how they can convince groups like Border Patrol Auxiliary and Friends of the Border Patrol that they are not welcome in San Diego, a spokesman for one of the groups said."
"'And if they come, we will have a response and use our First Amendment rights to oppose (them),' said Christian Ramirez, director of the San Diego office of the American Friends Service Committee."
"'Everybody has told us we have to do something about it,' he said, (The meeting) 'was the first step toward creating a united front to express our opposition to projects like the Minuteman Project and Friends of the Border Patrol.'"
"'I'm (worried) that these groups will try to come to San Diego to provoke acts of violence,' Ramirez said."
"One of the groups in the coalition that is being formed is called Border Angels, a group of volunteers that places bottles of water along the border for illegal immigrants to drink on their journey north."
"Enrique Morones heads the group and was one of the organizers of Saturday's meeting."
"'We are totally against these guys (the Minutemen-- J.T.),' Morones said Monday," May 23, 2005, "'We are concerned they may act in a criminal manner and abuse civil and human rights.'"
"Minuteman Project member Nancy Hubbard said her group is just trying to uphold the law."
"'I don't believe that open borders are what most people in the U.S. want,' said Hubbard," a resident of Temecula, California.
"Hubbard, who was involved in the Arizona border watch, said she and many others will be on the San Diego County border with Mexico this summer."
"'It makes sense for us to go there, because the (USA) government will not do its job and so it's the job of the people to defend this country,' said Hubbard."
"And while the Minuteman Project also touted its efforts as being purely to observe and report, many volunteers carried weapons, which they claimed were for self-defense purposes only."
"Hubbard said during the Arizona project, two incidents occurred in which two people who had signed up with the group, 'tried to provoke incidents, but they didn't happen.'"
"'There are certain people who want bad things to happen, then people will say, 'See? If the Minutemen weren't there, then these things wouldn't have happened,' Hubbard said."
"Hubbard said if bad things occur, President George (W.) Bush will have to take responsibility."
"'If the government was doing its job, there wouldn't be possible confrontations,' Hubbard said, 'The blame goes back to George Bush, who is welcoming them with open arms; I believe he is responsible.'" (See the U.S. Observer for May 20, 2005, "Placing Mexican flag above 'Old Glory,'" and California's North County Times for May 24, 2005, "Border watch opponents gear up for fight." Many thanks to Jim Danvers for these newspaper articles.)
From the UFO Files...
1962: DWELLERS ON TWO WORLDS
Many science fiction authors have had curious encounters with the paranormal, but none quite as unusual as those of Philip K. Dick (1928-1982), long a fan favorite who, in recent years, has finally been coming into his own with the general public.
"On December 16, 1928, in Chicago, Dorothy Kindred Dick gave birth to twins, a boy and a girl. The babies were six weeks premature and very underweight. Unaware that she was not producing enough milk for both infants, and because no one--neither a family member nor a doctor-- suggested to her that she supplement their diet with formula, Dorothy undernourished the twins during the first weeks of their lives."
"On January 26, 1929, the baby girl, whom her parents had named Jane, died. She was buried in the cemetery in her father's hometown of Fort Morgan, Colorado. The little boy survived. His parents had his name, Philip, engraved alongside Jane's on the headstone; under his name, next to the dash that followed the date of birth he shared with his sister, a blank space was left."
"Not long afterwards, the Dicks moved to California."
"In Dorothy's case, the grief reaction was pronounced. In the first months of Phil's life, she kept a journal on his growth and behavior that testified to her love for the baby and nowhere focuses upon the death of the twin. But Dorothy's enduring anguish shows clearly in letters and conversations over the years dwelling on Jane's death and her role in it."
But, for her twin brother Phil, Jane just wouldn't stay dead.
"In his grade school years, Phil invented an imaginary playmate," a mysterious dark-haired girl who appeared repeatedly in his teenaged fiction. His imaginary playmate was a comfort "because he knew of Jane and yearned for her to be there, and if that seems strange--how could what had happened at his birth affect him so?--it can be corroborated by the testimony of anybody who has lost a twin."
Phil's father, Joseph Edgar Dick, was originally from southwestern Pennsylvania. He had enlisted in the U.S. Army in 1916 and served throughout World War I. Afterwards, in 1920, he married Dorothy, put himself through school and got a job with the U.S. Department of Agriculture.
Phil "was five when his parents separated and divorced" in 1933. Five years later, Dorothy took her son to San Francisco, where she "took a job in the U.S. Forestry Department office located on the Berkeley campus of the University of California...A feminist and pacifist, a tireless proponent of progressive ideas, Dorothy blossomed in this academic enclave in which one could be both an office worker and a women's rights activist."
"Phil had asthma and episodes of tachycardia, and he took full advantage of his conditions to miss school at every opportunity. Even when she could tell he was faking symptoms, Dorothy," herself plagued by ill health, "played along and let him stay home." It didn't affect his academic performance. Phil was an A and B student all through school and, at an age when his classmates were reading the Hardy Boys or Don Winslow of the Navy, he was reading Immanuel Kant, William Burroughs, the Bible, the Bhagavad Gita and Finnegan's Wake.
Phil "loved to tell the story of how he discovered SF: 'I was twelve (in 1940) when I read my first sf magazine...it was called Stirring Science Stories and ran, I think, four issues. The editor was Don Wollheim, who later on (in 1954--J.T.) bought my first novel...and many since. I came across the magazine quite by accident; I was actually looking for Popular Science. I was most amazed. Stories about science? At once I recognized the magic I had found, in earlier times, in the Oz books...this magic now coupled not with magic wands but with science...In any case, my view became magic equals science and science (of the future) equals magic...'"
"He collected illustrated magazines with titles like Astounding! and Amazing! and Unknown! and these periodicals, in the guise of serious scientific discussion, introduced him to lost continents, haunted pyramids, ships that vanished mysteriously in the Sargasso Sea (now known as the Bermuda Triangle --J.T.). But he also read stories by Edgar Allan Poe and H.P. Lovecraft, the recluse from Providence, Rhode Island, whose protagonists face abominations too monstrous for them to name or even describe."
(Editor's Comment: Reading Lovecraft, eh? Poor Phil. In no time at all, like my friend Terry says, he'll be "slip-sliding down the toboggan slope of bass-ackward evolution.")
"From time to time, Phil saw his father, who had remarried and settled in Pasadena, where he worked for the (U.S.) Department of Commerce and became a regular on a local radio program called This is Your Government."
(Editor's Comment: A radio show called This Is Your Government!? Man, that's scarier than anything Phil ever wrote!)
In 1944, at age 16, Phil had his first paranormal experience.
"Phil began having a recurring dream in which he found himself in a bookstore trying to locate an issue of Astounding! that would complete his collection. The rare, indeed, priceless issue contained a story entitled 'The Empire Never Ended' that, if only he could get his hands on it, would reveal the secrets of the universe to him."
"The first time he had the dream he awoke just as he had worked his way down to the bottom of a pile of old magazines he was sure contained the prized issue. He waited anxiously for the dream to recur, and whenever it did he found the pile of magazines exactly as he had left it. Again he started rummaging through. With each recurrence of the dream, the pile became smaller and smaller, but he always awoke before he could get to the bottom of it."
"He spent days reciting the story's title to himself, until he could no longer distinguish it from the sound of blood beating in his ears when he had a fever. He could see the letters that formed the words of the title; he could picture the cover illustration. The illustration worried him, even though--or because--he couldn't quite bring it into focus."
"Over the course of weeks, Phil's desire to find the magazine turned into anxiety that he might actually do so. He knew that if he read 'The Empire Never Ended' the world's secrets would be revealed, but he also understood the danger of such knowledge. He had read it in Lovecraft: if we knew everything, we would go mad with terror."
"Eventually, Phil began to see his dream as a diabolical trap. The buried issue was lying in wait, ready to devour him whole. Instead of tearing through the pile of magazines as he had at first, Phil tried to slow his fingers as they pulled one magazine after another from the pile, bringing him closer and closer to the final horror. He became afraid to fall asleep."
"Then, for no apparent reason, he stopped having the dream. He awaited its return, first nervously, then impatiently; at the end of two weeks, he would have given anything for the dream to come back."
(Editor's Note: Eventually, it did--over 30 years later, in 1977. But that's another story.)
Phil wondered if he had some sort of psychic link to his dead sister. Or, even more amazingly, what if Jane were still alive and well and living in another world, a parallel universe containing a "twin" of our Earth?
On "our" Earth, Jane Charlotte Dick had died on January 26, 1929, and Phil was the surviving twin. But what if things were reversed on that "other" Earth? What if Phil was the one who had died in 1929? What if there was another Jane living over there at right this moment, a dark-haired teenaged girl with the same interests in typing, reading and listening to music? What would that Earth be like?
The idea simmered as Phil matured as a popular sci-fi writer in the 1950s. By 1957, he was contributing one short story per month to five different magazines. Finally, in 1962, the idea found expression in what Phil intended to be his first "mainstream" novel--The Man in the High Castle.
In the "alternate history" of Castle, "after their final crushing victory over the Allies in 1947, the Axis powers divided up the world between them. The Third Reich has Europe, Africa and that portion of America east of the Rocky Mountains, while Japan rules Asia, the Pacific and America's western states. Chancellor Martin Bormann continues his predecessor's policies, turning an appreciable percentage of the Reich's subject populations into bars of soap and the African continent into...well, no one knows for sure, and no one really wants to know. The populations ruled by Japan, on the other hand, bear a more humane yoke of oppression--no concentration camps, no police terror."
The setting is San Francisco, and the heroine is Juliana Frink--a thinly-disguised grown-up version of Phil's sister Jane. Indeed, "Juliana" even has the same job Phil had in the late 1940s and early 1950s, managing an antique store in the city with a sizable jazz collection.
"There is, however, another text that exceeds even the I Ching in plot prominence--The Grasshopper Lies Heavy, a novel-within-a-novel in which the Allies, not the Axis, prevailed" in World War II. "In this twist, Phil was influenced by Ward Moore's (1953) novel, Bring the Jubilee, in which the South has won the (American) Civil War."
"So threatening is its premise that Grasshopper is banned," and sci-fi writer Hawthorne Abendsen, the author, is forced to go into hiding in Cheyenne, Wyoming to avoid the Gestapo, which now operates on a global basis.
Strange things start happening when Juliana finds a weird silver triangle pendant in her store. People begin slipping from her Earth into our world, as Phil chillingly describes in the case of Japanese official Nobosuke Tagomi.
"Sitting on a bench in a public park in San Francisco, Tagomi distractedly takes a piece of (Juliana's) jewelry, a silver triangle, out of his pocket, and begins to rub it, then examine it. The silver catches the sun's rays."
"Tagomi leaves the park, lost in thought. He tries to hail a bicycle taxi--a 'pedicab'--and is surprised to find none around. On reaching the waterfront, he is amazed by the spectacle before him: a gigantic swath of concrete stretches as far as the eye can see along the edge of the bay. It looks like a midway ride on a monstrous scale, swarming with strange-looking vehicles. He has passed here on any number of occasions and never seen this futuristic-looking structure that must have taken months, perhaps years, to build. He shuts his eyes and opens them again, but the apparition remains. In a panic, he stops a passerby and asks him to explain what this monstrosity before them is. The man's reply, that Tagomi is looking at the Embarcadero Freeway, fills him with confusion and dismay."
"He goes into a coffee shop to seek solace, but the lunch counter is full, and none of the people there--all Caucasians--will give up their seats for him, even though as a Japanese" and an Occupation official "he should be shown more deference. He feels as if the earth is giving way under his feet. What nightmare has he fallen into?"
Moments later, the silver triangle twinkles again, and Tagomi is returned to his familiar San Francisco, with its rickshaws, tea houses, geishas, miniature electronic devices, pedestrians and off-duty Japanese soldiers.
The Man in the High Castle turned out to be a home run for Phil, winning him the Hugo Award for Best Novel in 1963 and launching him into the front rank of American science fiction authors.
Phil passed away on March 2, 1982. His father "Edgar Dick, very old now, came to retrieve his son's body and took it to Fort Morgan, Colorado, where Phil's gravesite had been waiting for him for fifty-three years. Only the date of his death needed to be engraved on the stone. When Phil was laid next to Jane, the old man, who until then had shown no emotion, saw the tiny coffin again and burst into sobs."
Ever wonder what happened to the "other" Jane?
Maybe we should pop over to that alternate Earth and have a look at the Neue Amsterdammer Zeitung for September 11, 1983.
SCI-FI AUTHOR KILLED IN BRONX CAR CRASH
Jane C. Dick, two-time winner of the Hugo Award for science fiction, was killed yesterday afternoon when her rental car collided with a speeding fuel truck.
Ms. Dick, 54, of Berkely, Cal. was in New Amsterdam to accept a Hugo Award--her second--at the Convention of Fantasy and Science Fiction Writers. She was on her way to the Plaza Hotel in Manhattan when the mishap occurred.
She was awarded the 1983 Hugo Award for her novel Tranquillity Base, in which a team of American spacemen land on the moon and make contact with humanoid extraterrestrials.
She received her first Hugo Award twenty years ago, in 1963, for The Sixth of June, a novel about a "parallel Earth" in which the Allies won the Second World War. Tranquillity Base was the long-awaited sequel.
Ms. Dick was born in Chicago on December 16, 1928, the daughter of J. Edgar and the late Dorothy (Kindred) Dick. She grew up in the San Francisco area and graduated from the University of California at Berkeley in 1950. She published her first story in Incredible Space Stories while still an undergraduate.
She published seven novels and 400 short stories during her lifetime.
In 1953, she married fellow sci-fi author Hannes Bok, and they had three children. The couple divorced in 1969, two years before Bok's death.
She is survived by her father and her three children.
According to police, the fuel truck suffered a front- tire blowout and swerved into Ms. Dick's lane. Upon impact, the truck pushed the wrecked car into an intersection and struck another vehicle operated by Guadalupe Lopez of Blackrock Avenue, the Bronx.
Mrs. Lopez and two of her daughters, Leslie and Lynda, escaped the blaze, police said, but a third daughter was killed.
Police identified the fatality as Jennifer Lynn Lopez, 13, a student at the Preston Academy for Girls. Jennifer was on the school's track team, posting personal best times of 2:28 in the 800-meter run and 4:49 in the 1,500-meter race. She is survived by her mother, her sisters and her father, David Lopez.
A Traffic Division investigation of the mishap is continuing.
Like Phil himself said, "If you don't like this world, you should see some of the others." (See I Am Alive and You Are Dead: A Journey into the Mind of Philip K. Dick by Emmanuel Carrere, Metropolitan Books, Henry Holt & Company, New York, N.Y., 2004, pages 1, 2, 4, 5, 6, 66 and 67; and Divine Invasions: A Life of Philip K. Dick by Lawrence Sutin, Harmony Books, Crown Publishers Inc., New York, N.Y., 1989, pages 2, 3, 9, 10, 22, 23, 24, 25, 31, 35, 46, 109 through 118.)
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