Saturday, September 19, 2015

The Ultimate Deadline

(C) 2015 Ray X - 9/19/15

Time is running out.  I am feverishly writing this piece, hoping that it will be completed and published, because I will die at any moment.
Why?  The end of the world will occur sometime between September 15th (Did you note we're still here?) and the 28th.
Yes, the end is nigh again.  (Yawn.)  I suspect I'll survive this doomsday like all the previous ones.
So what has set off the doommongers again?  Before it was Y2K screwing up all the computers, then some stuff about the Mayan calendar running out of days.
This time we have the omen of a blood moon and a group of asteroids that will smack the shit out of the Earth.
Why hasn't anyone learned from previous doomsdays that the end will come like a thief in the night (unlike the cable TV guy who never shows up in the morning).
With that question in mind I did some quick Google research to see what the experts had to say.
The top Google hits went back to 2011 when octogenarian Bible scholar Harold Camping said the world was going to end that year.  He divined this knowledge from his close interpretation of the Holy Book (apparently he glossed over the thief in the night bit).  Camping first predicted the cosmic crap hitting the celestial fan on May 21st.
May 22nd rolled around and guess what didn't happen.  So no doomsday then?  Not for a committed doommonger like Camping who dug deeper into his research.  He now claimed both the Rapture and the Apocalypse would occur on October 21st, a two-for-one special.
You know the rest.
Camping did put an interesting twist on his doomsday scenario.  The world would be destroyed by a series of earthquakes traveling from time zone to time zone. [1]  Destruction would first occur on May 21st, 2011 in the time zone that saw 6 PM first (Did that calculation include Daylight Savings Time?).  So long, Pago Pago.  We hardly knew thee.
According to CNN Camping raked in some dough.  Suckers -- oops, I mean followers -- donated to Camping $80 million from 2005 to 2009. [2]  Some of his followers were left penniless.  After all no need for money after the Rapture. Might as well donate Junior's college education fund -- he'll never finish his freshman year.  (That did happen.)
So here we go again, a new doomsday, a new circus.
Why do people fall for the End Times deception?
Lorenzo DiTommaso, a professor of religion at Concordia University, observed that doomsday believers try to reconcile two conflicting beliefs.  [3]  People believe the world is a bad place, that humans can't find solutions to many great problems.  On the other hand a "cosmic correction" will prove that there is meaning to existence, a Final Reward will be provided.  Doomsday isn't chaos: it's proof of order.
Shmuel Lissek, University of Minnesota neuroscientist, echoed the comforting aspects. [4]  She gave the example of someone anticipating a painful experience like an electric shock.  Once the pain has passed the person can relax (unless we're talking about the Executive Monkey).  Knowing the future takes away uncertainty.  Doomsdayers can focus on a common goal, preparing for the Big Finale.
I remember survivalist Kurt Saxon made a comment on his radio program many years ago.  He was annoyed with wacko conspiracy theories and the people who believed in them. 
He cited the example of the little old lady who lives alone, waiting for the day the government would round up everyone and put them in concentration camps.  In such a camp, Kurt said, she would have no more responsibilities.  No uncertainty.
Or as I sum up: Free at last.

[1] The Rapture Is Not Saturday; It's Tonight - Tina Dupuy  May 20, 2011

[2]  Harold Camping called “liar” who made ‘Doomsday’ money on defaced Wiki page - By Hao Li on May 21 2011

[3]  The Draw of Doomsday: Why People Look Forward to the End  by Stephanie Pappas, Live Science Contributor  Date: 16 May 2011

[4]  Psychology Reveals the Comforts of the Apocalypse  By Daisy Yuhas | December 18, 2012

Friday, August 21, 2015

George Adamski & Our Amazing CRT Solar System

(C) 2015 Ray X

“Wait a minute!  That’s wrong.”

A storyteller doesn’t want his audience to notice holes in his great tale.

In this third and last book, Flying Saucer Farewell (1961), contactee George Adamski had to explain an apparent falsehood with his previous writings.

George always had stories to tell. In the summer of 1947 he claimed 184 flying saucers flew over him one evening.  He even photographed what he said were alien spacecraft.

But his UFO adventure went into full gear after he reported that he met with an alien in the desert, a Nordic humanoid named Orthon who hailed from Venus.  (Any relation to Nylon of Mars?)

George received the usual contactee messages: nuclear war would end life on Earth, people had to live in peace, and don’t wear white after Labor Day.

Orthon took his earthling friend on a tour of the solar system.  George wrote that other worlds like Venus had Earth-like atmospheres, even all the way out to Pluto.

But there was a big problem, according to standard science.  As George mentioned the heat and light from the sun should decrease inversely with the square of the distance.  As one traveled from the earth he would notice each planet receiving less solar radiation, until a planet like Pluto would probably be a frozen lifeless rock.

Yet despite that inconvenient fact Gorge still stated: “I know from personal experience that [the] outer planets have thriving, with climates and atmospheres similar to our own earth.”

He had an answer to those skeptical standard science types.

In Flying Saucer Farewell George included a detailed diagram of a cathode ray tube (CRT), the device that enabled people to watch Captain Video on their boxy TV sets back in those days.

Then George went into an explanation about how a CRT worked, negative electrons, high voltages, various grids and anodes, whatever.

The reason why Mars and the outer planets received enough heat was due to three asteroid belts between planet groups that allowed enough radiation to flow all the way out to Pluto and beyond.  (The space brothers revealed our solar system had a total of twelve planets.)   Each asteroid belt was negative in charge, attracting the sun’s particles and passing them along with a boost.

The asteroid belt system acted like CRT grids and anodes.  As George summed up: “This furnishes Pluto and the last three planets with normal light and heat.”

Unfortunately George Adamski passed on to a higher level in 1965.  He’s probably living with his reincarnated wife on Venus.  Too bad.  He could explain why all the space probes have found inhospitable atmospheres on other planets, no sign of alien civilizations.

Maybe he would say the other planets are projecting illusionary holograms so that we can’t see their true surfaces.

Or better yet the solar CRT system broke and everyone went underground.

That demonstrates how dependent even the space brothers are on the repairman.

Sunday, June 21, 2015

Curt Collins And The Cosmic Rorschach Test

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UFO researcher Curt Collins has always been inquisitive, not one to accept anything at face value.

For example: the banana peel experiment.

 “At age five,” he explained, “I attempted to verify whether [TV] cartoons accurately depicted slipping on a banana peel. It turns out, yes, it can be done."

Through an email interview he detailed how he set up his experiment in four steps:

“1) Observe cartoon. 

“2) Go on to carport and eat banana.

“3) Place peel on smooth concrete surface.

“4) Step on it while walking.”

But Step 4 failed to yield results until he changed tack.  He duplicated the scene from an episode of “Magilla Gorilla” by running and jumping on the banana peel.

“As I recall,” he continued, “the slip resulted in landing primarily on my right gluteus maximus, without any injuries or circling cartoon birdies produced.  The results were conclusive, and I felt further studies were not required.”

Curt always kept asking “How?” and “Why?”   Both parents were tolerant of his inquisitiveness.  His father preferred his son to pursue mainstream interests like sports.  With his imaginative mind Curt was drawn to areas such as comic books, science fiction, and flying saucers.  Back in those days such interests were outlier.

It was his mother who helped him develop his investigative skills.  He recalled how she was supportive, sometimes providing materials and advice.

One time he wanted to be a “mad scientist,” mixing kitchen ingredients until the formula started smoking.

“At that point I was urged to pour it outside,” he said, “and the lab was closed.

Ufofology drew his attention until the “Hangar 18” incident.

At age twenty-one Curt watched "Hangar 18," a low-budget theatrical movie billed as a documentary revealing the true story behind UFOs.  It was a great disappointment, even as fiction.

“It was advertised as if it was a documentary,” he said. “[‘Hangar 18’] promised to peel back the curtain of Government secrecy, or at least that was what I was expecting. I even took my mom who had some interest in UFOs. The film was so awful, I was embarrassed for ever wanting to have seen it, more so for dragging my mother there.”

Years later a real documentary, "Shades of Gray," renewed Curt’s interest in ufoism.  The film told the story of the late Gray Barker, one of the great names from the early years of saucerdom.  Gray is known as a myth maker, i.e., someone who enjoyed creating fabrications and put-ons.  One of Gray's friends was Jim Moseley, Supreme Commander and self-proclaimed court jester of ufology who wrote the zine "Saucer Smear."

Intrigued, Curt contacted Jim. They became phone and pen pals before the death of the Supreme Commander.  Curt’s interest in ufology would have waned once again but through Jim he found a new way to look at the subject.

 “[Jim] told me 99% of it was bullshit,” said Curt.  “But then he kept talking about the genuinely interesting cases, and the sideshow of wild, weird and wonderful people.”

Jim Moseley was known for calling bullshit with certain cases or people.  Curt carries on with the tradition at his blog, .  One case he finds genuinely interesting is the Cash-Landrum incident.

December 29, 1980.  Two women and a young boy travel by car through a section of dense woods in Texas.  Betty Cash is driving when all three see an unusual light in the evening sky.  Vickie Landrum tells Betty to stop.

A mysterious object, shaped like a diamond, descends in front of them, throwing off intense heat.  Both women get out of the car to view the object.  Colby Landrum, Vickie’s grandson, becomes upset and she returns to the car to comfort him. Helicopters are seen chasing or escorting the huge object.  After this encounter all three witnesses, especially Betty, suffer health problems apparently caused by ionizing radiation.

Curt called BS on a TV “documentary” series that exaggerated the appearance of the UFO, the dramatized recreation showing the object discharging lighting. (Not true.)  During the encounter the heat was so intense that a handprint was left on the dashboard.  Another visual exaggeration in the TV program showed the handprint had left a deep impression but in actuality it was a subtle shape.

Curt is a stickler for the truth.  More recently he participated in the Roswell Slides Research Group, UFO researchers who banded together to investigate the validity of an old color slide that purportedly showed the body of a dead ET from the Roswell Crash.  (Note the word “purportedly.”)

To Curt there is more than one answer to the UFO mystery.  He doesn’t believe that all encounters can be explained by gray aliens who sometimes slam their craft into our planet.  He stresses the first word in the term Unidentified Flying Objects.  He says that the term has become polluted after becoming a synonym for extraterrestrial spacecraft.
 “The UFO term is a crutch,” he said. “It covers a spectrum of sightings of things that may be caused by many different things, some of them unknown. Within that, there’s a subset that could be ET visitors, but that can’t be the answer for all of it, and we have to keep an open mind.”

He remembers Jim Moseley was fond of an observation by Ray Palmer: Flying saucers/UFOs were here to make us think.

Or as Curt sums up: “Stanton Friedman is wrong; it’s not a cosmic Watergate, it’s a cosmic Rorschach blot.” 

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Note: Quotations were lightly edited for clarity.

Sunday, May 24, 2015

Lettermanati Is Finally Over

(C) 2015  Ray X

At last: no more ads or news items about David Letterman leaving the Late Show.  The omnipresent relentless push to tune in his final shows produced great irritation with this writer.  Of course the local CBS-TV affiliate had to carry stories about how some of the staff had met the talk show host.  Even BBC TV News carried a story about the pseudo-event.  That's news?

Years ago I wrote a put-on about Letterman being a top member of the Illuminati.  I used the gag with a couple of ultra-right-wing talk show hosts on US shortwave radio.  I called in, inquiring about his membership/affiliation.  One time I spoke with the late William Cooper on the phone, asking him about the images seen during the Late Show opening, a fly-over of New York City featuring various landmarks.  I mentioned how some buildings had pyramid shapes.  Cooper told me it was part of the hidden message.

The Lettermanati story was a yardstick to measure how nuts those SW conspiracy theorists were.

I hadn't seen David on TV for a long time - I thought he was dead - and was surprised the last time I happened to notice his program.  (His TV show functioned as a night light to my toilet.)  There was this old fart on the screen, telling lame-o jokes. Dabbs Greer had taken over?

Maybe I should celebrate David's retirement by spreading more BS about his Illuminati connections.  I could say he was a 33.5 Degree Mason at the Lodge of Moose and Squirrel in Frostbite Falls.  But there are those who would believe me despite tongue planted firmly in cheek.

I wonder if CBS will be conducting tours of the Ed Sullivan Theater after David's departure.  I would like to see the sex bunker with the tour guide providing a historical perspective.


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From Ray X X-Rayer #107.  To subscribe via email or to read archived issues go to .

The XXYYXX Files

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His stage name even sounds Illuminoid.

Marcel Everett is an electronic musician and record producer who goes by the handle XXYYXX.  (Maybe he suffers a serious condition with his sex chromosomes.) In a 2011 interview with Noisey/Vice the young talent let it all hang out about his Illuminatism.  (The reporter was Aleks Eror -- now there's a Illuminatic appellation.) 

XXYYXX said that he was CEO of the Illuminati.  He owned the secret organization, had stock in it.  Asked about the conspiracy's plans for 2012 he revealed he was going to "fuck some shit up," create a global currency, assassinate some people.

Surprisingly he stated that Lady Gaga was not in the Illuminati, that she was "fucking retarded," that she didn't know what she was doing.  Hey, of all of the celebrities who would be a card-carrying Illuminati she would at the top of the list.  Her appearance reeks sinister Mega-Conspiracy promoting secret messages.

During the interview it's revealed Ja-Rule was CEO of the Illuminati until XXYYXX told him to "fuck off."

I wonder what the late William Cooper would think of this if he was still around on shortwave radio.  I can see his program, "The Hour of the Time," devoting a whole show to the evil XXYYXX, how the musician was pretending the Illuminati was a joke, hiding the truth.  XXYYXX, Cooper might've said, was acting as a clown to obscure the true nature of the Mega-Conspiracy.

An image comes to mind.  I remember seeing a blind dog spinning around in circles, trying to catch its tail.

XXYYXX interview:

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From Ray X X-Rayer #107.  To subscribe via email or to read archived issues go to .

Sunday, March 01, 2015

More Digital Problems

Well, it seems that Google sites doesn't what to cooperate.  If you're looking for PDF copies of my zine go to .  The useless Google site has been deleted.

And there's also .  You can subscribe via email or read the latest issues in the Archive.

Any problems, please let me know.  The again, after wasting more than two hours screwing around with Google...

Tuesday, February 10, 2015

An eXperiment.

I'm trying out TinyLetter and have published the latest issue of my zine, Ray X X-Rayer #104.. Go to . You can subscribe via email or click on the Archive link to read the latest issue.

As for this blog and my paperzine - well, we'll see.  I hardly get any feedback here at this blog.  Maybe an email newsletter will generate more of a response.

Saturday, September 06, 2014

From The MailboX: Rant Feedback

One rant, two different takes.

My rant [ ] about formatting my zine any way I wanted produced some interesting reactions.

Robert Jennings, Editor of Fadeaway zine (29 Whiting Rd.,Oxford, MA  01540-2035) (FabFicBks[at]aol[dot]com), emailed:

I would suggest that criticisms about the appearance of your zine by readers are not malicious, but are probably intended to be constructive in nature.  Yes, its your publication to do anything you want with it, any way you want, but producing an end product that is comfortable to read and is visually agreeable makes a better impression and helps get whatever message you are writing about across more easily.  I know several people who produce fanzines, and I’m sure you do as well, who may have interesting or worthwhile material to offer, but whose format is so jumbled or cramped that most people won’t even give it a fair chance.  I don’t think your mag falls into that classification, but dumping on somebody because they make constructive format suggestions appears to me to be petty vindictiveness.

In decades past whenever I couldn’t make the pages come out quite to the end of the page in my mimeographed fanzines (not very often) I invented The Embarrassing Blank Space, which developed an independent life of its own in the early 1960s.  When computers and word processing systems came along this problem pretty much disappeared forever.  I would be happy to lend-lease a quire or two of Embarrassing Blank Spaces if you need the things.  Just be sure to label them when you use them.

OK, my rant was over the top but it wasn't meant to be malicious.  In fact the person who made the comment that I should be formatting my zine to look professional, i.e. leave no white space and have an even number of pages, hasn't indicated to me he has taken offense.  My rants should be taken in the spirit intended.

And Doug Harrison, Editor of Zine Explorers Notebook (P.O. Box 5291, Richmond, VA 23220) snail-mailed this:   
Thanks for the latest. That was an excellent rant on your first page. The whole idea of zines to me is to NOT "get with the program". (Which is why I call myself an anarchist.) I don't want to be forced to get with anybody's program, or force anybody to get with mine.
But yes, I have certain aesthetic standards for myself that I try to meet with my own publication. I find the challenges rewarding in making interesting page layouts, using different fonts and column widths, etc. That's my own choice; I don't expect anybody else to live up to my standards in their own realm. I think that's kind of snotty and arrogant; no, definitely so.

Doug publishes a very neat zine (and I'm not just talking about its appearance).  I can appreciate the time and effort he puts into his work; it does show.  Some people enjoy the process of layout and design.  For me, my main goal is to eXpress myself quickly and precisely, not to be overly involved with how it looks on the other end.  As long as its readable and people can grok my words, I'm happy.

Let me wrap this up with a third take from X. Dell of The X Spot []:

People confuse "professionalism" with (1) competence, (2) excellence or (3) value. In reality, I can point you to numerous examples where competence, excellence and value have been slaughtered on the altar of professionalism.