For September, 1971
OR LOGIC? .................................................................................................. 2
ONE WITH MY FELLOW MAN ..................................................................................... 3
NEW GUINEA'S CARGO CULT .................................................................................. 4
WHAT OTHERS ARE SAYING .................................................................................... 6
GAINS FOR GROUNDLINGS ....................................................................................... 7
EUROPEAN PILGRIMAGE - Part 5 ......................................................................... 9
world report ........................................................................................................... 10
UFOS INTERNATIONAL ............................................................................................... 12
poet’s corner .......................................................................................................... 14
book reviews ............................................................................................................ 15
CONSIDER THE CONCEPT ........................................................................................ 16
bulletin board ........................................................................................................ 17
CLASSIFIED DEPARTMENT ....................................................................................... 18
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EDITOR ........................................................................................... Dr.
DANIEL W. FRY
asst. editor ........................................................................... kerttu
circulation manager ........................................................... edna
staff artist ................................................................................... gus
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VOLUME XVI SEPTEMBER, 1971 NUMBER
Dedicated to the propagation
of a better understanding among all the peoples of the earth, and of those who
are not of earth.
New concepts in human relationships, no matter how simple
and practical, have long gestation periods in the collective human mind. Habits
of thought are even more tenacious and persistent than habits of action. Any
skillful appeal to human emotions or instinct, will have an instant effect upon
the thought patterns and the resulting actions of the individual, but to
influence human behavior through appeals to logic and reason is a slow, arduous
and usually thankless task, which is seldom undertaken by even the most sincere
and astute of leaders.
The dedication of our organization to the pursuit of
simple under-standing, devoid of appeals to bias or emotion, was done with full
realization of the immense difficulty, and the personally unrewarding nature of
the task. It was also realized, however, that man can no longer afford to be
guided principally by his emotions or his instincts; they have often led him
into tragedy in the past, and now could lead him into total oblivion.
Some means must be found to emphasize the logic of the
proposal rather than the emotional appeal of its proponents. Understanding
magazine chose this principle as its editorial policy, and for years was
quietly ignored by almost everyone. Although copies of the magazine
have, over the past 15 years, been mailed to each of four
Presidents of the U. S., none has ever so much as acknowledged receipt of them.
Yet the encouraging fact remains that three of these U. S. Presidents have
incorporated in their public addresses, verbatim quotations from the magazine's
editorial pages. These might, of course, all have been coincidences, but if
they were, they were truly remarkable ones! During the past few years, there
have been increasing indications that the necessity of simple understanding is
being recognized by the world. A constantly increasing proportion of the public
has learned to discriminate between the verbose propaganda blast which appeals
only to the emotions, and the simple fact, simply stated, which appeals only to
the reason. Understanding magazine has, from the beginning, chosen the latter
policy, in spite of its lack of general appeal, and will continue to maintain
it in the larger magazine format now being planned.
Despite the obvious confusion of the world today, there
are growing evidences that the principles of logic and reason may yet become
accepted guidelines in the future progress of man.
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WHAT makes it possible for me to become one with my fellow
man? The human experience of living is what makes it possible. How else could I
know the joy of accomplishment except in the actual accomplishing? How else can
I know the sorrow of losing a loved one except by actually losing one?
In the living, winning, losing, loving is the knowing,
growing feeling, experiencing that develops the nerve endings, sensitivities,
responses necessary to becoming truly aware of oneself and one's reaction and interreaction.
Each new awareness sharpens the senses and creates
appreciation for other humans, their sufferings and joys.
It is as though we are holding a bag of responses
somewhere in our bodies. Not automatic body responses, but emotional responses
built by the process of living.
We may feel we are self sufficient, equal to life and what
it offers, but until life tests us, we won't be sure.
In times of stress, when our small worlds crumple, is when
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have human responses. Unless we have our own bag of
responses with which to relate gestures of humanness, we will be unable to tune
in, join the circle of humanity and flow along in that sense of oneness,
comfortable in the knowledge that this too will pass. It always has and always
will. Others have walked the path of stress or sorrow and arrived safely at the
other side, often enriched, renewed and up-lifted from the experience.
In joy there is also need for a bag of responses. At
times, the pain of joy is overwhelming. One feels they will burst.
Then there are all the myriads of feelings that float in
between! All building a bag of experiences to be dipped into as needed and used
as the ground work for interrelation to others around us for sharing or
After a lifetime of these rises and falls, curves and
straight lines, one comes to be one with all in conscious awareness because one
comes to see that one is all with him.
No thing is his exclusively in the realm of living
experience. The sense of being on the head of a pin is excruciatingly painful. Such
a relief to be off. And there is the growth. That feeling of relief. Later
recognition of another's being on that pin brings a sense of relief that it is
not you. Still later, compassion takes the place of relief. That sense leads to
the experience of being one with the sufferer.
In all ways, this awareness of oneness will run through
our lives. Association with everything around us becomes acute. The desire to
ease will prevail. It is not possible to avoid pain for anyone anymore than it
is possible to avoid job. You have walked that path. Your bag of responses
Perceiving these thoughts, you can understand why not one
of us would want to make anyone's life more difficult.
And finally the realization that we are all one living,
laughing, loving, dying out of which will grow the desire to support and enrich
each other never again to turn ourselves away from our fellow man.
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NEW GUINEA'S CARGO CULT
WITH only limited opportunities to understand how such
things as axes, sewing machines, trucks and outboard motors come to be, many
groups of Melanesian people believe that the cargo brought by ships to their
islands is really intended for them, but is intercepted by the white man. They
further believe that if they can only learn to practice successfully the magic
which the European knows, the foreigners will disappear and they, themselves,
will possess the wealth which is right-fully theirs. When that clay comes, they
will never have to work; they will never be hungry; they will never be sick;
they will never die.
Thus, from the fertile soil of misunderstanding,
frustration and discontent have sprung many forms of what are generally called
cargo cults-cults based on a belief in a time, a millennium, when the white man
will go away and the native islander will have all the "cargo." These
cults are led by prophets, usually Christian, who believe that they have the
power to perform the necessary magic.
The cults began to appear as soon as Europeans came to the
islands with their coveted axes, knives and cloth. The Melanesians soon
learned, however, that they could not have these things unless they worked very
hard for the mines or plantations. And sometimes, even after working very hard,
they still could not have them, for the labor recruitment systems practiced by
the early Europeans in these islands amounted to virtual, or actual, slavery.
During World War II, when vast quantities of radios, food,
jeeps, plan’s and all the other paraphernalia of war were carried ashore from a
seemingly endless stream of cargo ships, the cults gained new impetus and
spread like wildfire, especially in New Guinea which had been the least
explored, exploited and affected by the modern world. The appearance of Negro
GIs greatly reinforced their belief that the black man could share the wealth
once he learned the secrets.
In the Melanesian mind, the secrets were not equated with
any natural system, however, but only with ritual and magic. It was generally
believed that the manufactured goods themselves contained the magic. Imitation
radios, landing strips in the jungle, flagpoles flying European clothing, and
bamboo radio towers were built in the hope that the magic would be released.
A recent manifestation of the persistence of the belief in
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of the cargo cults has occurred in the East Sepik District
near the town of Wewak in New Guinea. A Christian tribal leader and
self-proclaimed prophet in the district has interpreted a passage of the Book
of Revelations to mean that the wealth is hidden underground. He has decreed
that a ritual will be performed which will reveal the treasure.
He says that he will die by crucifixion on July 7, on a
concrete land survey marker atop a mountain near Wewak. To complete this
ritual, a small boy must be sacrificed, also. This done, he claims that the
survey marker can be removed to reveal the cargo beneath and he and the boy
will be restored to life.
Judging by past experiments of cargo cultists, should the
plan be carried out and fail to reveal the treasure or to restore the prophet
and boy to life, faith in the ritual would not be lessened. Rather, the
cultists would only believe that stronger and stronger magic must be found.
The cults present a most perplexing problem to the
Australian authorities, who administer the government of New Guinea as a United
Nations Trust Territory. If authorities try to actively suppress the cults, it
would only reinforce the New Guineans' belief that the white men don't intend
to share their secrets. If, on the other hand, the authorities take no steps to
stop this most recent plan, two persons will die-one of them a small boy.
The Australians have tried to share their
"secrets." For generations, individual planters, miners and
government officials have attempted to explain the manufacturing processes and
economic principles which have enabled them to acquire "cargo." But,
with the ingrained belief that the only real power is supernatural power, the cultists
are unimpressed by these explanations, and regard even photographs of
manufacturing processes only as evidence of greater magic being performed.
In other areas of Melanesia, where longer contact with
European cultures has enabled the islanders to gain a better understanding of
the real origin of the material wealth of the foreigners, the ideas have
altered somewhat. Rituals decreed by other cargo cult leaders in these areas
have indeed helped the Melanesians to sham the white man's secrets. Sometimes,
laborers have been forbidden to work until their wages were increased;
sometimes a ritual demonstration for better education or better working
conditions has been ordered. These rituals have helped the islanders to share
the "cargo," but have made their
governments uneasy about possibly leftist, subversive
elements attempting to work through the cults. In many cases, this charge has
probably been true.
Eventually, better understanding will come to the New
Guineans, too, but for the time being it still seems to an estimated 15,000
people there that only magic and sorcery will bring the millennium to them.
- Mary A. Browning
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Mind and Thought
The study of mind and thought stands for the greatest
advance in civilization the world has ever known, and for the highest
development of personal power in the individual. It has long been suspected by
the ablest thinkers and investigators that thought and matter are one and the
same, but different forms of each other; that every substance is a condition
assumed by thought, and is thought itself. The men whose names shine forth as
leaders of modern knowledge have found their researches tending to one
conclusion; that the universe is filled with thought, which is ever-present,
all powerful and omniscient, occupying all space and throbbing in every part of
the sky and in all created matter, including life of every kind, material and
otherwise. The sublime philosophy of Emerson which is accepted by all theologians,
touched this conclusion and showed the way to it in one direction but fell
short of the goal.
The purpose of this universal thought has been and is to
take Form; first by building of itself material abodes in which to live as
tenants from the lowest conditions of intelligence to the highest estate of the
human mind. This process of taking Form accounts for all things that are, for
all life that exists, and for the presence of man on earth.
The human body is a part of the universal thought, and the
human mind is universal thought itself. That the latter has absolute power over
the former is proved by the teachings through life.
It is common experience of man to possess a power he does
not exercise. He does not know his own strength like the caged lion who
contents himself with remaining in a narrow abode he could tear to pieces in a
minute if he knew he had the ability to do so.
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All forms follow laws that seem blind, for they proceed
along regular routes and are swayed by the conditions that surround them. The
human mind is a type of this drifting. It is the slave to habits both in
thinking and in acting; and like the lion in captivity, does not know that
there is a vast range of freedom close at hand that may be had by the least
The physical body is a part of the universal thought left
to the influence of these blind laws. The trouble with the human mind is that
it permits itself to be controlled by the physical conditions of the body, when
the opposite is intended.
It has been proved that the mind can master the body, but
the body actually masters the physical mind. When the mind turns from the
influences of the body and looks outwardly to the source from which it sprang,
powers come to it. A clearness of knowledge is one of those powers.
This truth is self evident. It is reasonable, practical
and sensible. Every- thinking person knows that life consists of physical
influences holding mastery over the physical mind. For the first time in the
history of your world let the master (your soul consciousness) rule the master.
A new view of life will follow. A new civilization will then come upon the
-Rev. Joseph V.
New Age Assembly
Glen Burnie, Mo.
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(Mr. H, L. Ellliot, in his editorial of July 6, 1971, in
the Grants Pass, Ore., Daily Courier, reported these significant
developments as "spin-offs" of our outer space research.)
Space research has done as much for groundlings as it has
done for astronauts-perhaps more-and NASA has sent out a list of the benefits
accruing from this work.
Within the list-but by no means all of it-are some of
these -Quieter jet engines are being developed, and work on a new
super-critical wing should make future aircraft go farther on less fuel.
Remote sensing, by satellite, of various earth resources, such as a use of NASA
developed instruments, designed to explore the evolution
of planetary atmospheres and the origins of life, to
analyze and help to control and eliminate smog on earth.
-A corn blight watch, tracing its development and its
spread. -Monitoring by satellite of air, water, land, forest and crop
conditions, mapping of ice movements and ocean currents, mapping of geo-logic,
hydro-logic, vegetation and soil phenomena and even detection and determination
of the location and extent of oil slicks.
-A NASA scientist conducting basic research into the
effects of space radiation on body cells has discovered cellular linkages that
may aid in understanding certain types of cancer.
-Doctors can watch a movie of the beating of a patient's
diseased heart-identifying dead spots or scar tissue and other malfunctions.
-A small computer that can continuously monitor changes in
blood pressure and heart output has been developed by NASA.
-NASA and Stanford have applied sonar to heart and blood
circulation studies making possible fast, doctor's office determinations of
-A brain sensor and radio transmitter system developed for
space medical research appears to allow major improvements and treatment of
-A computer used to enhance pictures radioed back from the
moon and Mars has been successfully used to analyze pictures of human
chromosomes. This gives better results in a tenth the time previously required.
-A pilot's pressure suit saved the life of a young woman
whose internal bleeding could not be stopped by other procedures.
-Satellite weather watches on hurricanes and tornadoes
have saved thousands of lives and crops. The weather service estimates 50,000
would have died in Hurricane Camille in 1969 if they had not been warned to
-Techniques used in space to separate chemical fuels in
booster rockets are being adapted to separate oil from natural waters, to
-Other work done in developing high performance in rocket
engines is being used to reduce industrial pollution.
-An entire industry has grown out of research and
development in communications satellites, reducing the cost of a single telephone
channel across the ocean from $16.000 to $600.
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These are but some of the gains, but it should now be
obvious that for the relative pittance spent on space research, the
"spin-off" benefits to mankind may be immeasurable in value. Such
gains should not be discounted, lest we lose a gain that will save our own
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On August 26th of last year, your editor, in company with
our good friend Per Axel Atterbom, departed from Govik bound for Wiesbaden,
Germany, on what was destined to be one of the most interesting and significant
safaris of the European Pilgrimage.
The trip from Sweden to Germany by auto requires two short
ferry crossings, the first from Sweden to Denmark, and the second from Denmark
to Germany. Little time is lost on these crossings, however, since they last
just long enough for a leisurely meal to be enjoyed in the ship's dining room.
While it is possible to make the trip in one day, it makes a very long and
tiring one, and since we did not get an early start, we stopped over for the
night at the Hotel Berlin, in Hamburg, and resumed our journey on the following
Traveling on one of German's Autobahns, or freeways, can
be an interesting experience, if one has calm nerves and a fatalistic
philosophy. Since virtually all of the traffic consists of small 'compact' cars,
it was not considered necessary to make the lanes as wide as they usually are
in U.S. freeways, but the roadway is very smooth, flat and well engineered.
There is no speed limit, the only legal requirement being that each driver must
move into the right hand lane when being overtaken by a faster car. The average
speed is about 145 kilometers, or 90 miles per hour, and many of those cars
which are capable of it travel at even higher speeds. Such a highway, if
located anywhere in the U. S. would almost immediately result in a carnage of
death and destruction, yet in the several extensive trips which we made on the
Autobahns, I did not see a single accident or even any evidence that one had
recently occurred! There must be a lesson of some sort to be learned from this
situation. Perhaps it is that the German driver, being relieved of the constant
fear of being arrested for speeding can devote all of his attention to his
We arrived in Weisbaden early in the afternoon of the 27th
and checked into Hotel Taunus where we were met by our good friend Karl
Veit and his charming wife Anny, who immediately drove us
to their home for an extended session of social and serious chatting, and a
very enjoyable dinner. Karl, as most of our readers know, is the
editor-publisher of UFO Nachrichten, the world's largest newspaper specializing
in UFO Phenomena, and the head of DUIST, one of the largest UFO organizations.
On the 28th we spent most of the day at the Veit's home
visiting and discussing many things. Mrs. Veit's mother, Clare Muller, was
indispensable in these visits because of her excellent knowledge of the English
Language. In the evening we were invited to a large dinner party at the Taunus
Hotel where we dined sumptuously, and answered questions until 1:00 in the morning. On Saturday the 29th we lectured for a large and interested group in
the Kurhaus (one of the most impressive and historic auditoriums in the city.)
The lecture and question period lasted from 3:00 to 7:00 P.M., after which we, and a consider-able portion of the audience, repaired to the Taunus Hotel
dining room where the discussion continued without slacking until 1:30 A.M.
To be continued
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Cow Eat Your Newspaper?
(Modern Maturity, June-July, 1971)
The answer to the question above is yes-if you grind it up
and add a little molasses.
That yes may prove important in two ways: Feeding old
news-papers to farm animals can re-duce their competition with men for
croplands that supply direct human needs; it can also aid the fight against
The U. S. Department of Agriculture is attempting to make
sheep and cattle more efficient users of materials that man cannot eat and that
pose disposal problems, thus contributing to pollution. As part of this effort,
animal scientist David A. Dinius ran a number of experiments with newsprint,
though any wood byproduct would have served the same purpose.
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In one trial, Dr. Dinius simulated a winter feeding
situation, blending ground newsprint with molasses and a mixture of nutrients
and minerals. In preliminary trials, steers rejected the taste without
molasses; but preference trials with both printed and unprinted paper indicated
they did not reject the ink.
A finishing trial utilized four rations: One contained no
roughage; one contained ground timothy hay; two contained newsprint as the only
roughage, one at 5 and one at 10 per cent. Other ingredients were similar to
the wintering study rations. The average daily gain for steers fed the various
rations varied only about 6 ounces.
Carcass evaluations after the steers were slaughtered
showed no adverse effects from the newsprint and no differences among steers
fed different rations.
Just Call Him 181213 3 1234 5
(Time Magazine, July 12, 1971)
By 1975, nine years ahead of Orwellian projections, every
West German Citizen may be officially known to his government by a twelve-digit
number. The government has sent the Bundesrat (Upper House of Parliament) a
proposal that would identify each person by six digits indicating his birth
date, a seventh his sex and century of his birth, the next four to distinguish
him from others born on the same day, and the last a "control" number-which
would make Chancellor Willy Brandt Number 181213 3 1234 5 or something very
close to that.
The number will follow a person from birth until 30 years
after his death when, presumably, he would be expunged from the computer. The
government explains the move on grounds that its voluminous registration system
is being computerized. It also hopes to eliminate the confusing snarls that
sometimes arise in a country where many people have the same surnames (there
are 600,000 Mullers alone in West Germany). Israel and the Scandinavian
countries already have such systems, and a number of others, including Japan,
are preparing to follow suit.
Columbus Dispatch (Ohio) June 23, 1971
DENVER (AP)-The Denver Free University, in its lists of course
offerings, notes there is a $10.90 surcharge for course No. 32-Introduction to
Theory and Practice of Witchcraft.
The surcharge is "to cover the costs of candles, bats
blood and other items which will be needed for the practice part of the
class," the school says.
UFO Spotted Near Defiance
Columbus Dispatch, July 14, 1971
DEFIANCE, Ohio (AP) -Residents and police of Defiance,
Paulding and Van Wert counties followed what was described as an unidentified
object in the sky Tuesday night before it disappeared in Van Wert Co.
First sighted over Defiance, viewers described it as a
bright star that moved toward the west. There was no immediate explanation for
the sighting. However authorities said it may have been a weather balloon.
(New Fork Times, April 13, 1971)
The rapid growth of India's population-up 107 million in
the last 10 years-may be slowing.
India's 1971 census shows a population of 547 million, 14
million under an earlier projection of 561 million. A Chandra Shekhar, India's
census commissioner, believes that family- planning programs have had more
impact than expected.
If the estimate is verified, it would likely provide new
encouragement to the birth control programs of other over-populated countries.
Population Control-Great Britain
(National Enquirer, July 11, 1971)
Unless Britain's population explosion is checked, the
country will have to consider licensing people to have babies, according to a population
"In 20 years we may have to consider licensing
babies," said Dr. Malcohn Potts, medical secretary- of the International
Planned Parent-hood Federation.
He urged the British government to heed a warning by a
committee of Parliament that "the Government must act to prevent the consequences
of population growth becoming intolerable for the everyday conditions of
The government committee on Science and Technology said
the country's population could rise by 11 million to 66 million by year 2000 if
growth is not checked.
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Earth Pull Felt On Moon
Portsmouth Times, Portsmouth, Ohio, April 24, 1971
MOSCOW (AP)-A Soviet astronomer says the moon has molten
rock churning around inside it and that this volcanic activity sharply
increases when the moon passes close to earth.
Dr. Nikolai Kozyrev, of Leningrad's Pulkova Observatory,
said he believes "that under the influence of the earth's pull, the
surface of the visible side of the moon may bulge as much as 6-1/2 feet.
"At such moments, it is furrowed by mammoth crevices
through which streams of lava flow out," Kozyrev said, according to a Tass
Could It Be?
Daily Courier, Grants Pass, Ore., Aug. 4, 1971
KARACHI (UPI) -Pakistanis are getting pretty high on
"miracle" sponge water which they claim can cure diseases, madness,
and help barren women to conceive.
In Karachi, the sponge-like substance is soaked in
sweetened water or tea for an intoxicating brew reported to be as strong as
liquor. Kept in a jar of water, the sponges soon multiply. They are being sold
for $30 each.
Karachi University microbiologists who studied a specimen
of the sponge described it as belonging to the culture of aerobic microbes
which require oxygen from the air and tend to multiply when kept in water.
The Pakistan Medical Association has appealed to the
public to stop drinking the "miracle" sponge water, but some
Pakistanis say the doctors fear their incomes would be reduced if people were
to start curing themselves with water.
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From the Scandinavian Newsletter
(No. 1-2, April 1971)
North Finnish- UFO- Wave: There have come
many reports from the Kuusamo area in North Finland the last few months. A
government official reported to the Oulu UFO Club that during the night of Jan.
10 - 11, between 2.50 and 3.10 he sighted 16 very bright glowing UFOs over the Kuusamo
community. They flew in an echelon formation, the
lower ones at a height of about 300-400 m. The objects
flying higher seemed to be bell-shaped, while the lower ones appeared as
elongated or flat balls. No sound was heard. The witness, who does not care to
give his name because of his position, observed this phenomenon with three
other members of his family.
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A Surprising Result: A study-circle organization of
Eksilstuna, Sweden, is arranging a study circle in occult matters, such as
ESP and UFOlogy. The organization advertised for "unexplained
incidents." Result: about 500 reports!
About 100 concerned UFO sightings and 80% of these are concentrated
to a very restricted area around Kijula and Arls, near Eskilstuna. Mr. Nygren,
headmaster of the organization said in an interview
"The reports are interesting. We have received
independent reports of what must have been the same incident. The reports are
usually of a good quality, many of the witnesses educated people, even civil
engineers. Since many of the witnesses fear publicity we cannot publish any
details of the sightings."
Those Eerie Rings Again
("Truth," Auckland, New Zealand, May
Five more Ngatea-like circles have been discovered, this
time in the Taupo area. They were discovered by helicopter pilot, Mr. R. D. Nairn-At
the same time reports have come in from the same area of several sightings of
unidentified objects. Dozens of people reported the phenomenon. Interested
people are asking if there is a connection between the UFOs and the puzzling
Truth's helicopter, piloted by Mr. Nairn, flew over the
area and took aerial photographs of the circles. Four of them were in a
straight line and just over a mile apart. The fifth was about a mile to the
west but lined up with the last of the other four.
The circles range from between 200 and 300 feet in
diameter and each covers up to 6000 sq. feet. A fungus like growth, only about
three or four inches high covers the circles like a carpet. There is no other
Captain Cathie said, "There is no direct evidence
that the circles are made by UFOs, but they certainly are not man-made. They
are in a
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pattern, not spread haphazardly." He also noted that
it was possible that radiation or some chemical substance had penetrated into
the areas covered by the circles ....
So, the mystery deepens!
(Credit: Apollo Verein, Otahuhu, New Zealand)
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A rumor is a twisted telegraph
Which often cuts a story's
truth in half.
It clings to every passer-by,
in its play,
Who does not try to tear
And grapes of wrath begin to
And then a different story-
starts to sprout-
And when the vine is withered,
you will find,
The tangled maze of rot it
Discount a half of what you
see or hear,
For things are not always as
Tales are often improvised or
A heart within a deck is not a
A rumor plucks sour grapes
from every vine,
And like the fish that nibbles
on the line
It bites off so much more than
it can chew.
Then strangles on the hook and
A rumor tricks with prejudice
Goes on and on to injure other
It does not pause to
contemplate the source,
Which gave the tidal wave of
words its course.
It does not stop to scrutinize
It cannot see the goodness of
It merely waits to tear the
And ends its vicious circuit
(Submitted by Mrs. Pearle Johnson-author
(These UFO Book Reviews, as given in the Columbus
(Ohio) Dispatch of July 18, 1971, should be of particular interest to
INTERCEPT-BUT DON'T SHOOT: Renato Vesco, Grove Press,
AGE OF FLYING SAUCERS: By Paris Flamnronde, Hawthorn, $8.95
"UFO sightings during the first three months of 1971
can be characterized by one word: lights. For reasons not apparent, there has
been a steady flow- of "strange light" reports since late last year,
most of them coming from the United States and Canada."
This statement taken from the UFO Investigator, official
publication of the National Investigations Committee on Aerial Phenomena, April
issue, seems to be just one of the never-ending reminders that the
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UFOs are still with us despite a sustaining lack of news
coverage on this continuing enigma.
Renato Vesco deals with a highly controversial theory that
the so-called "flying saucers" are indeed man made and in fact
"German inspired, British planned, and Canadian built." The author
asserts that there has been and still is a monumental multi-government cover-up
of information on aeronautical devices that are now being manufactured and
tested within the borders of the United States and Canada.
Quoting from official German documents, he maintains that
among the secret weapons intended to save the desperate Nazi from defeat were
infrared-seeking "Foo-Fighters," antiradar heat-seeking "Feuer-balls,"
and above all, a wing-less German fighter plane. He states that the designs on
these craft were taken by the British to Canada where they are being built.
There is much information in this book and it may just fit
one or more pieces into this continuing puzzle, no matter what you believe.
MANY books have been written covering all phases of the UFO mystery but Paris
Flammonde tries to place what he calls the "Golden Years" of UFO
sightings in their proper niche in history.
Perhaps in a way he is right. The apathy of the press and
the rebuffs of the government have indeed succeeded in creating a disinterest
among the public.
The author runs through almost every phase that has been
connected with the UFO dilemma, covering everything from the so-called contactees
to the more conservative set which includes writers, scientists, government
officials and many others
Some of the more interesting questions covered are: Are
unidentified flying objects from outer space? How- are UFO hoaxes exposed? Have
human beings actually contacted beings from other planets? What proof is there
for the truth of the contactees? And has the U.S. government actually ended its
research on the saucer phenomenon?
If you are a student of UFO's or if you have been
wondering what it's all about this is a chance to look-see. It is this
reviewer's opinion that even though it sometimes seems that the UFO obituary
has been written, it might be wise not to perform an autopsy until the patient
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