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Saturday, July 07, 2012

Zones of Strangeness

Our "friend" Dr. Peter McCue, a clinical psychologist, living in Scotland (at the moment), has written the book, pictured above,  Zones of Strangeness: An Examination of Paranormal and UFO Hot Spots.

Amazon U.K. provides this blurb:

Over the centuries, there've been many reports, worldwide, of unexplained phenomena. Certain areas seem to play host to a disproportionate number of them, either temporarily or on a long-term basis. Some places acquire a reputation for just one type of manifestation, such as UFO activity. Others seem to be the setting for a variety of them - for example, cattle mutilations, sightings of strange animals, and UFO phenomena. Can the reports be believed? Are the phenomena genuinely paranormal? Do certain areas really see an unusually high number of anomalous events? What's behind the manifestations? Do they involve extraterrestrials, creatures from 'other dimensions', time travellers, the workings of the human mind, or some sort of higher intelligence? These are just some of the questions that the author addresses in this wide-ranging, well-researched and well-referenced study of the connection, real or supposed, between anomalous phenomena and certain geographical areas. The book cites a mass of case material from the UK, the USA and elsewhere, and also includes useful foundation chapters. Peter McCue worked for many years as a clinical psychologist in the National Health Service in the UK. He lives in Scotland. His qualifications include a Ph.D., from the University of Glasgow, awarded for a thesis on the nature of hypnosis. His interest in psychical research goes back decades. He believes that paranormal phenomena occur, and that many UFO experiences are genuinely anomalous. He contends that if we want to obtain a comprehensive understanding of ourselves and the nature of reality, these enigmatic phenomena can't be ignored.

The contents of the book are:


1 Setting the Scene
2 The Paranormal – An Overview
3 Poltergeist Phenomena and Hauntings
4 The UFO Phenomenon
5 The Bigfoot Phenomenon
6 Clapham Wood
7 The Warminster Phenomena
8 The ‘Welsh Triangle’
9 Rendlesham Forest
10 Cannock Chase
11 The Pennines
12 The Bonnybridge UFO Phenomena
13 Ben Macdui
14 Ghostly Events near Inverness
15 Other British Hot Spots
16 Hot Spots on the Mainland of the USA
17 Puerto Rico
18 The Bermuda Triangle and Other Foreign Hot Spots
19 Concluding Thoughts

Those who like erudition and scholarship in the reading material would do well to obtain this new book.

We recommend it highly.


Nick Redfern's Part 2 of Saucers of Manipulation

Click HERE to read Nick's second installment of his interesting take on UFOs and the UFO scene.

Friday, July 06, 2012

From our friend Robbie Graham (in the U.K.)

Senior CIA Official Claims Knowledge of Roswell-Alien Cover-up

Dear colleagues,

On 23 June, while speaking on Coast to Coast AM, the CIA’s former liaison to the entertainment industry, Chase Brandon, made extraordinary claims about the Roswell incident, declaring:

“I also absolutely know as I sit here talking to you that there was a craft from beyond this world that crashed at Roswell, that the military picked up remains of not just the wreckage, but cadavers.” Brandon then recounted an occasion when he saw direct proof of the alien nature of Roswell within the CIA’s own Historical Intelligence Collection (HIC).

Based on what he claims to have seen in the HIC, Brandon stated unequivocally: “100 percent, guaranteed... Roswell happened. There was a craft, absolutely cadavers,” but added, “Beyond that, I have no idea where anything else went.” Brandon - who spent 25 years in the Agency's elite Clandestine Service - also sought to absolve the CIA of any on-going complicity in an active cover-up of the Roswell incident.

Truth or fiction, Brandon's statements are significant for the fact that he is, to date, the most senior CIA officer - former or serving - to have claimed direct knowledge of an alleged Roswell/alien cover-up. 
Propaganda expert Dr Matthew Alford and I have co-authored an in-depth article examining Brandon's statements from every angle. The article includes exclusive responses from former high-level government officials and from the CIA itself. This story is yet to break in the mainstream media.

The article is attached to this email in Word document form. I have also just published it on my blog, Silver Screen Saucers:

Please do feel free to re-publish this article in its entirety on your own websites and/or blogs and to spread it further via social networking.

With kind regards,


Robbie Graham
Doctoral candidate
University of Bristol
Department of Drama: Theatre, Film, Television

Tel: +011 44 (0)7530344483

Thursday, July 05, 2012

Dr. John Mack explained alien abductions in 1970 but forgot he did so...

Copyright 2012, InterAmerica, Inc.

John E. Mack M.D. [Professor of Psychiatry at Harvard Medical School. Boston], who was killed by a drunk driver in London, September 27th, 2004, became entranced by alleged alien (extraterrestrial) abductions of human beings.
His works dealing with the topic include Abduction: Human Encounters with Aliens (1994) and Passport to the Cosmos: Human Transformation and Alien Encounters (1999).

Shortly before his trip to London and his subsequent death, I received an e-mail from Dr. Mack, who contacted me to see if our MediaWatch group was the one that savaged his book or appearance on a panel about alien abductions.

I assured him that it wasn’t our MediaWatch group and we exchanged phone numbers to discuss the matter (media) and alien abductions.

Dr. Mack was, as he remained over they years, noncommittal about the reality of alien abductions, even though his friend and cohort, Will Bueche, a board member of the John E Mack Institute, had an abduction experience – one that I find hard to dismiss.

And while Dr. Mack was intrigued by and nonplussed, somewhat, by alien abductions, he provided the answer to the psychic-like phenomenon, years before, in his book, Nightmares and Human Conflict [Little, Brown and Company, Boston, 1970].

Nightmares, later in life, are triggered by factors associated with earlier traumatic or traumatic-like events in childhood:

“Disturbing memories may exert a continuing influence, contributing to the production of nightmares long after the occurrence of the events with which they are associated.” [Nightmares….Page 44]

“The role of actual events that are perceived as threatening to the ego appear to play a particularly important role in…nightmares…Panic or overwhelming anxiety in nightmares…seems often to follow upon a single traumatic event….Losses of important persons, separations from love objects…moves to strange surroundings, hospitalization, a particularly important role in…nightmares…Panic or overwhelming anxiety in nightmares…seems often to follow upon a single traumatic event….Losses of important persons, separations from love objects…moves to strange surroundings, hospitalization, surgery or other bodily injury, and deaths of relatives or acquaintances -- all seem to be the most frequent disturbing events that overly burden the defensive capacities of the ego and give rise to nightmares. It seems possible that a threat to survival can be perceived in these events… [Ibid, Page 56 ff.]

“Threatening figures…incorporated into the personality from the time of earliest childhood, may confront the dreamer once again in nightmares, often decades later….[Ibid, Page 59]

And abductions, like dreams, mimic insanity:

“Similarities between dreams and certain forms of insanity have long been observed. Henry More, an English theologian and philosopher, noted in 1656 a “Melancholy Symptome, which Physitians call Extasie,” caused by natural sleep an the effect of which is “the deliration of the party after he awakes; for he takes his dreams for true Histories and real Transactions.” {Emphasis mine] Immanuel Kant believed that the mad person was a dreamer awake. The subject seems particularly to have fascinated nineteenth-century writers. Hughlings Jackson, for example, called dreams “the physiological insanity”…The famous nineteenth-century German psychiatrist, William Griesinger…regarded insanity “analogous” to dreaming, “especially to dreams in the half-waking state.” [Ibid, Page 158]

The dream or nightmare, which I’m equating with abduction phenomena, is related to psychotic behavior…

“An examination of the manifest features of a nightmare of and adult or child and of an acute schizophrenic psychosis or turmoil state readily yields several significant [Emphasis mine] points of similarity. [Ibid, Page 163].

But what about nightmares (or abductions) that occur outside of normal sleep periods?

“Any attempt to establish the time at which nightmares are most likely to occur in the sleep cycle meet familiar difficulties of definition and of the interpretations of findings….to confound the matter further, there is little agreement between laboratories about some stages of sleep. [Ibid, Page 189]

Nightmares and alien abductions are seen, superficially, as traumatic, but Dr. Mack writes this:

“…if the traumatic response is limited to to the sleep situation…does not invade waking consciousness, and is not accompanied by other symptoms, signs of ego regression, or developmental difficulties, it is reasonable to say either that this is a “successful” handling of the traumatic situation or that the traumatic experience has been well circumscribed.” [Ibid, Page 215]

Dr, Mack closes his book with this:

“…the nightmare may not only be made up of memories and other aspects of mental functioning that originated in early childhood, but may be linked with neurophysiological mechanisms subserving self-preservation and survival that are phylogenetically older than those that are the exclusive possession of the human species.” [Ibid, Page 241]

That Dr. Mack chose to set aside his 1970 observations about dreams, nightmares, and psychoses, and go off into new territory for an explanation of alien abductions is troublesome, for me.

The answer – the explanation – for alien abduction experiences can be found in Dr, Mack’s book and other books dealing with neurological psychoses I believe.

To persist in trying to “prove” or “disprove” the alien abduction experience from the extraterrestrial template is gilding the lily, as it were….gilding it with an overlay that is not needed, nor authentic.

Are all UFO reports and cases neurologically induced? No. Are all alien abduction scenarios neurologically or psychotically induced? Yes.

Dr. Mack knew this in 1970 but chose to forget his findings.


NIck Redfern gets it right, again and again...

Nick Redfern's latest musings on UFOs can be read by clicking HERE

Nick always presents a stable, rational view of he UFO phenomenon. And in this Part One piece, he does just that.

Check it out.

Wednesday, July 04, 2012

The Betty/Barney Hill episode -- analyzed anew

Esteemed Spanish UFO researcher, Jose Antonio Caravaca, has provided a new exegesis of the iconic Betty/Barney Hill "abduction" at his web-site (for Spanish UFO mavens).

Click HERE for a link to his site -- use Google's translator, if you are not proficient in Spanish.

A UFO "Monster" Ignored?

Copyright 2012, InterAmerica, Inc.

In the February 1977 issue of Official UFO magazine, Kevin Randle penned the article, pictured above [Page 20 ff.].

What I found interesting, for several reasons, was the token information and follow-up to this aspect of the story:
This is a drawing of the alleged creature that entered the bedroom of the fellow [Mike Gribovski] whose photo(s) Mr. Randle concerned himself primarily with:
While the article was rather thorough about the camera, the film, and the process of taking the photograph(s), the one element that intrigues – the visitor in the night – was treated as an aside, a kind of footnote, as the concluding paragraph of the article indicates [Page 50]:

Why did Mr. Randle eschew this bizarre, but seemingly important aspect of the Gribovski events, which took place in November of 1974?

Perhaps Mr. Randle didn’t think the “creature-visit” warranted investigative perusal, or Mr. Randle dismissed that part of Mr. Gribovski’s UFO encounter because it smelled funny.

But, for me, that element of the Gribovski episode intrigues: a psychological aftermath; a predilection to create “reality from fantasy” – an hallucinatory creation?

What induced the alleged encounter? That’s a question that ufologists have often glossed over or ignored, in the earlier days of the UFO story.

Today, researchers and investigators have to consider such weird aspects of UFO observations, as J. Allen Hynek suggested in that same issue of the magazine.


Sunday, July 01, 2012

Bell-Shaped UFOs -- long gone.....

Official UFO magazine’s November 1975 issue (pictured above) was fraught with some interesting material including a Phil Klass explanation of why he didn’t accept some “famous” UFO events/photographs: the Trent-McMinnville photos and the Heflin photos.

The Rand Corporation UFO document was almost interesting; a bit superficial but supplemental for those who’ve studied the “document.”

I found a piece by Wendelle Stevens, about Bell-shaped UFOs that had been photographed from Adamski’s right up into the 1970s, intriguing [Page 34 ff.]:
The article was replete with photos of bell-shaped UFOs:

But what happened to such accounts and the accompanying photos?

Why did people stop seeing bell-shaped UFOs? Why they did they stop photographing them? And why did they stop hoaxing them?

The Adamski-like flying saucers started to look dated, surely, so that might be one possibility for the demise of such UFO accounts.

But was not one of the bell-shaped sightings or photographs real, an authentic observation of a real craft with the bell-shaped configuration?

If all the sightings and/or photos were fraudulent, as was Adamski’s, why did the hoaxers predilect that configuration? Did they think that was what “actual” flying saucers or UFOs looked like?

Or were some flying saucers and UFOs actually bell-shaped for a period of time, just as the 1890s UFOs were airship-shaped?

And speaking of UFO shapes, why the dearth of UFOs with a shape like that observed and drawn by Kenneth Arnold?

Few sightings and no photographs that I've seen assume the Arnold-shaped UFOs. (The Rhoades photos, in the same time-frame as the Arnold sighting, are somewhat similar, but not like Arnold's drawing, obviously, nor are any other sightings or drawings like Arnold's, which seems to have been a singular event. )

The various configurations of UFOs over the years seem intrinsic to the mystery.

The transmogrification of flying saucers, during the modern era, has something to do with the enigma perhaps.

That aside, the Stevens’ exgesis of the bell-shaped UFOs in the magazine is the kind of analytical evaluation that is rare in UFO circles nowadays.

That's why "ufology" is dead or dying......