Sunday, December 25, 2011

Hey, Dude, Where’s My Brown Dwarf?

Man, don’t you just hate it? Just when there’s proof of something eXtradordinary – BANG! – the Trickster yanks the evidence away.

A while ago I was talking about Tolec, a man who claims to be in contact with the alien races of the Andromeda Council. Tolec has made all sorts of claims about our world shifting into a fourth-dimensional reality.

One sign or proof of this approaching shift, claimed Tolec, was that a brown dwarf star would appear in our solar system. At some point this brown dwarf would ignite into a second sun. Hmmm, I wonder if he ever read the book or had seen the movie, “2010: The Year We Make Contact?”

Obviously a brown dwarf drifting into our neighborhood would be notable. Especially among astronomers. It was supposed to arrive by now so why nothing in the news? Are “They” (shadow government types) suppressing the info?

Not really, according to Tolec. The Andromeda Council had cloaked the brown dwarf. It’s still there, waiting to ignite, but our primitive terran tech can’t detect it.

One wonders who’s really the Trickster in all of this.

Today’s Personal eXpression

The real reason for the season:

So how much loot did you score?

Did you buy enough to keep the economy going, thus enabling the elite 1% to grow even richer?

What's Red And White, Red And White?

There’s an interesting display in one part of town. Throughout the year a homeowner displays a large Confederate flag in his front window, an object usually associated with racism.

But when the happy holiday season rolls around the homeowner adds an eXmas display with his flag. Besides the traditional lights he adds stuffed almost-life-sized dummies of Santa and Mrs. Claus sitting in chairs on his front porch.

Isn’t Santa egalitarian, delivering gifts and love to all of mankind? That apparently depends upon one’s POV.

In the case of the local display under consideration Kris Kringle is the ultimate symbol of so-called racial purity.

Talk about a white eXmas.

Tall Whites

No, I’m not talking about elongated people of Nordic bloodlines but instead aliens, as in extra-terrestrials.

Since there seems to be a “white” theme popping up with my latest posts, I might as well wrap up with this topic.

Back in 1965-1967 Airman Charles Hall served at Nellis Air Force Base in Nevada near Area 51. He was trained as a weather observer but ended up observing more than the weather: he encountered ETs who had the general appearance of the archetypical gray but were tall and white.

Hall claims that he saw the ETs and humans, both military and business types, intermingling. The aliens would give humans rides to the Earth’s moon in their scout ships. One time the tall whites offered to give some US Generals a ride to Ganymede, one of Jupiter’s moons, to prove it was unsuitable as a military base.

The tall whites sometimes communicated by making loud sounds like the whinnying of horses.

Of course, all of this was supposed to be Top Secret but Hall decided to let the world know through a series of books he has written, “The Millennial Hospitality Series.”

If tall white ETS are on this planet, my advice for them is to avoid most parts of the rural Deep South. Not everyone there is a bigot but…

You tall whites might have (more or less) the right skin type but not body form. Southern bigots hate freaks of any type. Talk like a horse whinnying – forget it! Hey, I experienced extreme prejudice down there for just having a northern accent.

Thursday, December 15, 2011

Quick! Activate A Three-Name H-Bomb

Beware, New World Order. Al Parker has figured it out.

During the last meeting of the Liberty Net he connected all the dots. He stated that the conspirators decided that the public had to be distracted from any more bad news about politician-businessman Jon Corzine and U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder.

A former New Jersey governor, Jon Corzine was CEO of the investment company MF Global until he resigned on November 4, 2011. He retained the services of a lawyer as federal regulators probed into the matter of missing customer funds amounting to millions of dollars.

Meanwhile AG Holder has his own problems, dealing with investigations into Operation Fast and Furious, a sting operation under the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, and Firearms in which the sale of illegal weapons were facilitated and tracked by the ATF. Most of the weapons were sold to criminal organizations in Mexico to build a case against those groups. In December 2010 there was a gunfight near Rio Rico, Arizona, resulting in the death of a US Border Patrol agent. Two of the weapons found at the scene were traced back to Fast and Furious.

Thursday, December 8th saw Corzine giving testimony to the House Agriculture Committee while AG Holder appeared before the House Judiciary Committee.

And on that same day there was a shooting at Virginia Tech, a man killing a police officer before turning the gun on himself and committing suicide.

It didn't take Al Parker, a longtime contributor to the Liberty Net, long to figure out the connection between all three events.

The Virginia Tech shooter -- Ross Truett Ashley -- was probably a programmed human time bomb, Parker explained to the other ultra-right-wing ham radio operators. Notice the name, he said. Compare it to other notorious shooters like Lee Harvey Oswald. Not a coincidence.

Apparently the conspirators like to program domestic Manchurian Candidates -- or h-bombs, if you will -- who are known by three names. (Maybe we should keep an eye on country music singer Billy Ray Cyrus.)

Parker claimed that the Virginia Tech shooter was activated to focus news away from the respective Corzine and Holder testimonies. Also, he added, it helped to play on public fears, making it easier to pass stricter gun control laws.

If you looked into the shooter's past, guaranteed Parker, you would find that Ashley had participated in some sort of internship or study, either through the FBI or a local military base. Parker left the impression this is how the shooter was mentally re-wired to go berserk when needed.

But what if the shooter was a regular listener to the Liberty Net? I wonder...

(The archived recording of the last LibNet gathering can be found at In the upper right-hand corner click on "Liberty Net - 2011-1210." Parker's statements can be found around the 4 hour 30 minute mark.)

Monday, December 05, 2011

Liberty Net: Genocide

There are various ways to describe genocide and the forms it may take. Leave it to the Liberty Net to provide an unique twist on the concept.

Below is an audio excerpt of the last Saturday-night-into-Sunday-morning get-together by the ultra-right-wing ham radio operators. The complete file can be found archived at as "Liberty Net - 2011-1203." I heard these statements early Sunday morning (12/4/11) while listening via the Web. This part of the discussion can be found around the 2:58 marker of the original file.

Can't you feel the love?

And don't forget: God doesn't change.

Sunday, November 27, 2011

Take That, You Dirty Rats!

The Andromeda Council has been killing “the rats under the wood pile.”

Or so claims Tolec, human representative of the AC on earth. In a YouTube interview dated Sept. 30, 2011 ( Tolec spoke off-camera with Alfred Webre, exopolitics writer/researcher, about the DUMBs (deep underground military bases) where evil reptilian and gray aliens have been feeding off the intense emotions of unsuspecting humans.

Those emotions have been generated by beam weapons that stoke hate and fear, causing more conflict and violence, especially in places like the Mid-East. Tolec claims the aliens feed on these emotions like psychic vampires.

Smacks a bit of sci fi, huh? The hidden underground bases sound like they’re straight out of a Richard Shaver story. His tales appeared in the old pulp magazine, “Amazing Stories,” but he claimed they were based on truth. Beneath the earth lurked the Deros who preyed on mankind above. One reader wrote to the mag to say that he knew the Shaver Mystery was true; his wife heard voices and it had to be those damn Deros.

And as for feeding on emotion, Eric Frank Russell wrote a novel called “Sinister Barrier” (1939) that involved glowing blue critters called Vitons, mental vampires that liked stirring up trouble for mankind to satisfy their cravings.

But who’s to say that life can’t imitate art, that is, the art of SF?

The story of the Andromeda Council is indeed a sweeping saga, one to rival the Foundation series by Isaac Asimov. At the home page for a Terran website devoted to AC activities – – there is this message:

“We of the star systems & planets of the Andromeda Council are your family & friends. We are here to let you know your planet Earth/Terra and all of your people are about to go through major changes, a major stage of growth, a shift-up in vibration, called ‘upliftment’. It is a completely new vibration…”

Hey, I’m into new vibes.

Do you feel a difference?

During one interview with Alfred Webre, Tolec explained that the Earth is now traveling into an area of space that is starting the shift. It’s happening right now.

People of Earth will have a choice to move on to the higher 4D plane where their bodies will become lighter and crystalline. Crystalline? Knowing my luck I’ll end up with 4D kidney stones.

Tolec claims that the reptilian and gray underground bases are being taken out so that the evil aliens won’t be able to interfere with the 4D shift.

So if a tremor somewhere in the world makes the news – and Tolec does track them – don’t be surprised if you hear that it’s evidence of another sinister DUMB being taken out.

Go AC team!

Jim Moseley Is On The Case: The Cash-Landrum Incident


Was the Cash-Landrum UFO really a secret military project that screwed up?

December 29th, 1980. Two women and a boy are in a car traveling on a road through thick woodland, on their way to Dayton, Texas. Their journey is interrupted by a strange diamond-shaped craft floating over the road being escorted or pursued by military helicopters.

The bottom of the UFO is open, emitting light and heat. The UFO leaves with the helicopters.

Later, the three people in the car suffer health problems after the incident, apparently related to radiation exposure.

In his zine, “Saucer Smear,” Jim Moseley has been taking another look at the case. He mentioned it to me in a recent phone conversation to see if I could dig up any info online about the case like others have done for him.

Well, my investigation as such is preliminary. I took a wild chance with the search words like “atomic hot air balloon” and found a paper entitled “SMALL NUCLEAR-POWERED HOT AIR BALLOONS FOR THE EXPLORATION OF THE DEEP ATMOSPHERE OF URANUS AND NEPTUNE.”

I also searched for “atomic power aircraft” and discovered back during the Cold War about attempts to build a nuclear powered airplane. Even the evil commie Russians were working on such a craft.

I can see it now: two ato-planes collide in the air over a populated area. Time to call in the FAA and the NRC. I wonder who would have jurisdiction over the investigation.

So far no real hits related to the Cash-Landrum UFO as a secret US military FUBAR. Sorry, Jim.

I plan to write more about ato-vehicles – cars and planes -- when I have more time to follow up.

Friday, November 25, 2011

New Links

And to make it easier to find me on the Web... -- Takes you straight to this blog. -- Access to my newer Website.

With each one, don't forget the hyphen.

And my old Website,, still features an archive of my print zines.

Thursday, November 24, 2011


With the eXception of creating my zine, today was a lot of nothing. Very quiet here in the one-man “monastery.” My personal reaction to it all: ThanX for nothing.

And people wonder why I hate the holidays.

At least I enjoyed the traditional microwaved lasagna.

Monday, November 21, 2011

Reality Anchor

Anchor babies?

That sounded nasty. I wasn't familiar with the term until its ugly head reared on the Liberty Net Stickam site ( early Sunday morning (9/20/11). Besides broadcasting over shortwave radio, the ultra-right-wing amateur radio operators also communicate with each other online through both audio and text.

When the site is live it has a comments section for typing in reactions to the audio discussion. The comments just keep scrolling up, the newest on the bottom. Unfortunately they disappear when the site shuts down.

I spotted this statement:

dhauer: All anchor babies should be dumped..
dhauer: overboard
dhauer: there, I said it

With a quick Google search (e.g., "anchor baby myth") I learned that the pejorative "anchor baby" refers to a child born in the United States whose parents are immigrants. That child is automatically granted US citizenship under the 14th Amendment, supposedly "anchoring" his parents so that they can also become American citizens.

Of course, some of the angry white men on the LibNet believe this is a threat to the dominance of their pure race. But according to sources I found online, the threat -- if you call even call it that -- isn't real. Getting US citizenship is difficult for most immigrant parents.

"The practical immigration benefit of having a child born in the US is disputed; family reunification (family-based immigration) in the United States is a lengthy process and limited by law to categories prescribed by provisions of the Immigration and Nationality Act of 1965." ("Anchor Baby," Wikipedia -- )

"A child born in the US is a US citizen, but the immigration benefits to the parents are extremely limited. After the alien mother (or father) has been present for no less than ten years, the alien may apply for Cancellation of Removal (aka “Cancellation”) if she can prove ten years of good moral character and that deporting her would be an exceptional and extremely unusual hardship to her US citizen child. This is an unusual form of relief as there is an annual cap of 4000 on the number of illegal immigrants who can be granted Cancellation, and for the past several years the government has not reached that cap. This means that under 4000 people are granted this type of Cancellation annually." ( "The Anchor Baby Myth" -- )

It's notable that the Liberty Net is using the Web to get the word out but the Web also provides a quick way to fact-check any claims heard during their weekly gatherings.

So why did the LibNetters set up a Stickam site?

For years the Liberty Net has dealt with the problems of poor reception conditions and jammers. Heard mainly on the east coast, the net in the 75 meter band usually starts at 10 PM Saturday (Eastern Time) and spills over into early Sunday morning. Picking up the transmissions from various parts of the county is problematic with a shortwave radio: reception is all in the lap of the propagation gods. The LN member who operates the Stickam site picks up the SW transmissions on his ham receiver and then streams the conversations online in clear audio.

But even when reception is favorable other radio operators who don't care for the "Liberty Nutters" will jam the frequency with Morse code transmissions, noise, loud music, whatever. Stickam provides a way to work around the jammers: participants can now phone in through Skype and share their thoughts. So while a ham may be jammed on the air, callers still can voice their opinions online without interference (well, until the hackers show up).

I've been following the Liberty Net for years to track the latest news in conspiracy theories (Illuminati, New World Order, etc.). But I'm not a fan. I disagree with most of their ideas, especially stupid statements like drowning anchor babies. Sometimes even I feel like blocking their speech.

But ploys like jamming actually make the problem worse. If you can't hear someone, you can't comment on his opinions. Burying unpopular views doesn't kill them off. I'm a fan of free speech. Getting things out in the open.

And getting the facts right.

Saturday, October 08, 2011

Paragliding Spam

During the dawn of the American space program astronauts didn't have it easy. Sometimes they called themselves "spam in the can," referring to the tight quarters inside the early capsules and also the lack of control they had over the vehicles.

This was way before the days of the space shuttle. Instead of gliding to a landing like a plane after a mission, the astronauts just fell into the ocean, the fall slowed down by parachutes. A whole Navy fleet would search for the floating capsule and then it would be fished out. Predicting where the capsule would land wasn't an exact science with the early missions.

Until I picked up an old book the other day, I didn't know that there was a plan to return the Gemini astronauts hang-glider style. Flipping through the slightly musty pages of America's Race For The Moon: The New York Times Story of Project Apollo (1962) I spotted an illustration for a proposed capsule design that would allow it to return home on land.

Apparently NASA was hoping to use a paragliding parachute so that the capsule could glide through the sky, landing on a dry lake bed like the shuttle would years later. Skids would be added so that the ungainly-shaped capsule could land in proper fashion.

Doing some online research I found a YouTube video that explained that dummy models were tried out but the design was too challenging, there wasn't enough time to perfect it. Caught up in the space race -- "Gotta beat those damn Commies to the moon!" -- the project was soon abandoned.

So it can be truthfully said that a Gemini astronaut never left skid marks on a bed.

And within the pages of the same book I spotted a photo of President John F. Kennedy giving a speech in front of an early mock-up for a lunar excursion vehicle. To me that LEM looks like a Martian tool shed from a 1950s EC comic book.

With the end of the space shuttle program -- it didn't save money as promised with its re-usable orbiter -- NASA is returning to the capsule design, this time with a bit more elbow room for the spam aboard.

V Is For Victory – For The Vatican

It’s all over.

On April 16, 2008 – a day that will live in infamy – Pope Benedict declared military victory over the United States of America.

Or so says Tom Friess, host of the program Inquisition Update heard on domestic shortwave radio station WWCR. I was dialing around when I encountered his program. Tom warned that millions of Catholics were ready to obey any command from the Pope, a fifth column within our midst.

I’m an ex-Catholic. Fortunately, I was never molested by a priest or a nun. But when I was an impressionable boy, the Roman Cultic Church did lay on the fear and guilt. In one catechism class a nun told us that when nuclear war erupted, an atomic bomb would open up a pit into hell. And unless we young sheep confessed our sins, we would fall into that pit, burning for eternity. A burn from a hot stove, she explained in vivid detail, was nothing like the ever-frying flames of hell.

And people wonder why I’m a devout atheist.

So while I have no great love for the RCC, I don’t buy into anyone out there who equates the Pope with the Anti-Christ or the Whore of Babylon. It’s the same Mega-Conspiracy scam: take some unpleasant facts about a particular group or organization – CIA, FBI, US Army, the Vatican, whatever – and use them as proof of a great plot to enslave the world. What appear to be just a few bad deeds by certain individuals is more than that. Those deeds are really evidence of a vast conspiracy lurking in the shadows.

According to Friess’s Website,, President Bush held a special ceremony on the south lawn of the White House during the Pope’s visit to the US back in 2008. Friess claims that all sorts of symbolism – apparent to those fifth columnist Catholics – during the ceremony reveals the truth.

For example, Pope Benedict was given a 21-gun birthday salute. Explains Friess: “21 gun salutes honor military victors. The Pope is the military victor of this country.”

He also notes the Knights of Columbus – the RC answer to the Freemasons – was standing side by side with the US Army. Ergo, the KoC and the Army are equals under the Pope. This is what I call hyperlogic. If I happen to be standing next to a pregnant woman when a photo is taken, then that proves I’m the father of her child.

Friess states that if such symbolism was apparent to the non-Catholic American public, another Protestant Reformation would result and the US “just might have a fighting chance.”

Anyway, since the Pope is now the Big Cheese, what has he done lately? Is he plotting action against the Israeli Lobby? Will “knighted” assassins wearing funny caped suits and plumed hats eliminate all threats to the Vatican? And instead of worrying about women using burqas to conceal weapons, should we be careful around uniformed nuns?

The mind boggles.


Vatican take over of America officially April 16 2008

Rapturous welcome and 21-gun birthday salute for Pope in the U.S.
The Daily Mail April 17, 2008

Psychic Children: Reality Or Just Reality TV?

I’m a 360 skeptic: I’m skeptical about everything, including professional skeptics.

So I don’t rule out the possibility that on rare occasions a few people might experience some sort of psychic phenomena. Recently I watched a documentary series that purported to show actual psychic kids dealing with their powers. While I’m never had any special metaphysical powers, I can understand how these kids feel like outsiders due to the talents they have – or think they have.

The problem with “reality” TV is that it has to be entertaining. Sometimes the psychic kids series went over the line for me, using special editing techniques like quick cuts to heighten the suspense. And if the producers could goose certain scenes through such effects, what else did they goose?

I’m not saying the producers were deceptive but I’ve heard about others whose psychic talents were wanting at times: they couldn’t consistently produce the startling results and so sometimes they cheated.

As I watched the series, I wondered what was edited out. After all, who says the producer didn’t leave on the cutting room floor any scenes of mistakes, failures to perform? Sorry, but I need a more objective documentary that isn’t concerned with pumping the ratings.

Infotainment doesn’t cut it for me. Especially “reality” TV.

Thursday, September 29, 2011

Charles Hickson And The Nutzoid

Charles Hickson passed away on September 9th; he was 80 years old. If you're not familiar with the name, way back in 1973 (October 11, 1973 to be eXact) he claimed to be abducted by weird robotic aliens.

The story was that Hickson and a friend from work (Calvin Parker) were fishing from a pier near Pascagoula Mississippi when an UFO suddenly appeared and strange floating creatures exited from the craft. Each one was roughly humanoid in shape but with wrinkled elephantine skin, pointy nose and ears, and clawed-hands. The strange beings grabbed the two men and levitated them inside the alien vessel for examination. Then the aliens floated the two men back to the pier, releasing them, and then the otherwordly visitors left as quickly as they had arrived.

In a state of shock the men went to the local sheriff's office and told their incredible story. The word got out and soon Hickson and his friend were the focus of media attention.

I remember seeing Charles Hickson on TV some time later after his abduction. Dick Cavett had a late night talk show on ABC and one program was devoted to the topic of UFOs. (One source says the program was broadcast in November 1973, another states January 1974). My memory is a somewhat fuzzy but if I recall correctly Hickson was interviewed separately by Cavett.

There was a flap going on in 1973. Other guests included Colonel Lawrence Coyne who also told his own amazing story, an incident that occurred over Mansfield Ohio on October 18, 1973. Coyne and three other men in the Army Reserves were flying in a helicopter when an UFO appeared. Using a green beam the UFO dragged the helicopter around for a while and then released it.

All the guests sounded rational except for one. Of course a nutzoid has to show up and push his personal crazy beliefs. The nutzoid stated that UFO stories couldn't be believed, that you needed a thousand people to witness such events for them to be real. Gee, really. So if only 999 people see something, then it never happened? And on the flip side, what about mass hysteria?

Like I said, my memory is a bit fuzzy and I've been searching for a copy of that Cavett UFO program to make sure I have my details straight. But I do remember thinking that Hickson sounded more rational than the nutzoid. Astronaut James McDivitt, who had seen an unknown object while in space, was also involved in the discussion. He told the nutzoid he was being too scientific.

And who was the nutzoid?

Carl Sagan.

Friday, September 16, 2011

Men And The Monsters They (Allegedly) Made

Man, the Freemasons can't catch a break.

Almost every conspiracy theory smears the Masons with some sort of shadowy evil. In the book, Man-Made Monsters by Dr. Bob Curran (2011), that apparently harmless fraternal order is tied in with the artifical creation of life.

What kind of life? Take a look at the book's sub-title: A Field Guide to Golems, Patchwork Soldiers, Homunculi, and Other Created Creatures. So we're not talking about cute little beings like Smurfs or Teletubbies.

The author doesn't buy in to all the negative stories told about the Freemasons, especially the one that says the Masons inherited the secret of artificial life from the Knights Templar. Dr. Curran only describes the tales, questionable records and urban legends he encountered when researching his work. The book is categorized as Paranormal/Mythology which the emphasis on the mythology part.

Back in year 1119 the Templars were founded in the Holy Land just after the First Crusade. Apparently this military monastic order uncovered buried artifacts and documents from the Temple of Solomon, objects with mystical power such as scrolls written by Melchezidek, the legendary priest king of Salem. It was whispered the Templars used this power to create homunculi that they worshipped.

The reason for such stories is that some wanted the Templars destroyed. The Order was involved in early banking and amassed a great fortune. Besides religious enemies, such as rival orders, the Templars also had secular enemies, monarchs greatly in debt to them.

When a new pope came to power, there was an opportunity to portray the Templars as secret practitioners of witchcraft and other satanic acts. The order was accused of creating homunculi to act as spies, thieves and assassins. Under torture some Templars confessed to evil but improbable acts.

So what happened to the creatures created by the Templars?

Conspiracy theories surround Berenger Sauniere, the priest of Rennes-le-Chateua in Southern France who officially served from 1885 to 1909. Somehow this priest had access to all sorts of money, building many projects around the village. What was the source of his wealth?

Dr. Curran relates the tale that Sauniere found a Templar homunculus within his church and he sold it to the Vatican for a tidy sum. The creature is hidden somewhere in the Vatican.

And the Templars' mystical knowledge? 400 years after the downfall of the Templars the Freemasons rose to power, learning the secrets of Solomon's Temple, or so says the legend. The Masons kept the secrets in various lodges throughout the world. Dr. Curran observes:

"Hints and directions leading to such secrets were to be found not in hidden texts, but in the geometry and symmetry of Masonic building and ornamentation, and throughout the years here have been attempts by non-Masons to decode these and to discover what these supposed 'secrets' might be."

As far as I know no non-Mason has cracked the code.

But the Freemasons aren't the only secret society that is tied in with conspiracy and man-made monsters. Dr. Curran mentions rumors about Rosicrucianism, that some modern-day followers are secretly working for the government in stem-cell and cloning projects.

I don't think the government needs Rosicrucians on the payroll to create monsters. It does a fine job on its own.

Monday, September 12, 2011

Another Adventure With The Computer Printer From Hell


That should be easy. Just call up your address list on the computer and then have the laser printer do the rest.

I follow the directions in the user's manual, opening the front feed panel and adjusting the guides to the width of an envelope. I also made sure to open the back panel where the envelope will pop out, addressed.

OK, the envelope goes through but it comes out crinkled. Check the manual. Gee, I forgot to release the two green tabs in the back panel opening, dropping down a long piece of plastic into a new position that supposedly will stop the wrinkling. So I release the green tabs, one on each side.

No go. The error button comes on. Printer won't print. Hit the magic green Go button seven times. No go. Invoke the eldritch name of Cthulhu seven times. No go. Tap the ruby slippers together seven times? Forget it. I flip the plastic piece inside the rear opening back into place and the error light goes off.

Check the manual in case there another way to keep envelopes crinkle-free. It mentions that I should go to a office supply store and spend money on either special envelopes or labels compatible with the printer. I bet those options are SO inexpensive.

In the end I found a quicker, cheaper and more efficient way to address envelopes. (No green tabs have to be released for this method.)

Get the address list and write out the addresses with a pen.

Texe Marrs: Space Cowboy Calls Out The Illuminati

Is Satan Jewish?

That's the impression I get after listening to a recent shortwave radio broadcast by Texe Marrs, the host of Power of Prophecy. I remember Texe (that's his name; Google it) from years ago when I started my zine, back when I covered the SW conspiracy beat. But after a while Texe and the others on WWCR started to repeat themselves.

I happened to come across the Power of Prophecy program when Texe announced that this was the most important broadcast he has ever made. He mentioned the Illuminati.

OK, it was a quiet Sunday night, nothing on the boob tube to watch, so I decided to spend an hour with Texe so see if he had another new angle on the Mega-Conspiracy. And since it was September 11th -- well, I don't have to explain that to you, unless you've been in a coma under a rock for the last ten years.

From his HQ in Austin, Texas, Texe sends out his warnings through his Power of Prophecy Ministries about the Illuminati, baiting them. I'm surprised that they haven't taken him out like Lee Harvey Oswald or Howard Beale but Texe does have God on his side.

From the biography at his Website, it mentions that Texe is a retired USAF career officer who commanded communications-electronics and engineering units. He has also taught various subjects including international affairs, political science, and aerospace studies at three different universities.

Texe has what I call a space cowboy style. He's way out there man, shooting away at the bad guys. If you in tune late, you would think he was talking about some fictional parallel Earth in another part of the galaxy, but after a while you realize he's actually talking about this world. Why watch a TV show like Star Trek or Fringe when the real world (albeit Texe's real world) is full of incredible happenings?

Take the symbolism of the twin towers at the World Trade Center. Based upon his biblical research Texe said they represented the two central pillars that Samson pushed apart, causing the temple to collapse. Of course, the fall of the towers was caused by explosives planted inside each structure. Yup, Texe is one of those 9/11 Truthers but one into the Samson story. (He never did completely tie in the story with the inside job that made the towers collapse; he only provided a hair's-breadth connection.)

Maybe my memory is failing as I grow older but I don't remember listening to Texe years ago with the concept of the "elite Jewish conspiracy" bandied about so much. But this program did have that focus. Texe warned that the super wealthy Jews were behind the Mega-Conspiracy, the Illuminati. And who's behind that? Satan, of course.

The Satanic/Illuminoid/Jewish conspiracy plans to eliminate all religions until only one remains. Guess which one? Your guess is Church of the Sub-Genius? Hey, pal, you don't listen to WWCR that much.


Power of Prophecy hosted by Texe Marrs. Broadcast on WWCR radio, 4.840 MHz, 9/11/11, 10 PM Eastern Time (0200 UTC, 9/12/11).

About Texe Marrs

Thursday, September 08, 2011

Zine Zap: Grunted Warning

"No jail for ham attack"

"Banana fear put straight"

"Penis taken in evidence"

Actual headlines from actual articles collected by zine editor Stuart Stratu in Down, Under AKA Australia. Grunted Warning is a gritty digest-sized pub (8 1/2 by 11 inch pages folded lengthways and stapled into a booklet) with a quirky quickly-pasted lay out, photos and news clippings chopped and then thrown together. The rough design adds to the rough quality of the subject matter. For example, "With S&M a scar is born," an article about two Czech porn producers who put a few actors in the hospital with their sado-masochistic production. (Ouch.)

But don't get the impression that GW is all about sexual perversion and scandal. Check out "Giant rats kill babies" and "Rats ground Qantas flight." Or the clipping about the Russian scientist who thinks ET contact will occur in a couple of decades. (Based on what? Strong Russian vodka?)

You can contact Stuart at PO Box 35, Marrickville NSW, 2204, Australia for a copy of Grunted Warning. He accepts a $1.00, stamps (AUS -- that's Australia, not Austria), trade, friendly letter or unusual clippings.

Wednesday, September 07, 2011

Budd Hopkins: An Era Ends?

My only regret at this point in my life are that there is not a larger pool of qualified people willing to continue this challenging work, despite the many lives that have been helped along the way, and despite the massive amount of intriguing data that have already been accumulated. -- Budd Hopkins, New York February, 2011

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Does the death of Budd Hopkins signal a turning point in alien abduction research?

Without any formal degree in counseling -- he was first known as an artist -- Hopkins helped people who thought they have been abducted by aliens. He always faced criticism for his abduction research. One critic was his ex-wife Carol Rainey who wrote a revealing article in Paratopia magazine (January 2011). In "The Priests of High Strangeness" she portrayed her ex-husband as someone both gullible and also willing to overlook certain facts to make his case.

In turn Hopkins wrote a rebuttal to Rainey's article entitled "Deconstructing the Debunkers: A Response." The above quote is the last line in his essay.

Of course those who still believe in Budd's work regard Rainey's essay as distortions and disinfo while most skeptics are happy to see what they regard as his dubious methods being challenged by someone who was an insider.

Whatever the truth is with the she said/he said controversy, some damage has been done to Hopkins' image. Another abduction researcher, David Jacobs, a friend of Hopkins, has been dealing with criticism from one of his subjects who calls herself "Emma Woods." With the death of John Mack back in 2004, it seems that the alien abduction field has taken some severe hits.

In her "High Priests" essay Rainey states the biggest problem with the field is that the same story keeps repeating itself. Nothing new has happened. People are abducted, probed, extracted, and then returned home.

It's like reviewing typical UFO reports. After a while they all blend in together. I know when reading a series of cases my eyes get blurry, my mind wanders. Nothing new has happened. No solid evidence. The source behind the mystery never reveals itself.

But despite the repetition and inconclusiveness with UFOs, the topic is still argued and debated. There are still followers and believers. And with alien abduction research, even though it lost a leading light like Hopkins, it will probably keep rolling along like astrology, ESP and all sorts of other New Age ideas, right or wrong.


"Deconstructing the Debunkers: A Response" by Budd Hopkins

"The Priest of High Strangeness" by Carol Rainey

Secret Of The Green Go Button

They love to screw you for money.

Especially with computer printers.

I gave up wasting time with inkjet printers. I don't print that much that often which means the cartridge openings dry out and plug up. To clean them to have to use more ink (meaning more money). And sometimes no matter what you do, a cartridge stays plugged.

The color inkjet cartridges are usually the ones that dry out. Print out a color photo and find it ruined with a purple overtone; the yellow ain't working. I gave up on the whole rip off when I couldn't get a cartridge to work, one half-full of overpriced ink. I decided that I would save money by printing my color images at a digital photo kiosk found at department or drug stores.

For black and white printing I decided to go with a laser printer which is nothing more than a photocopier hooked up to a computer. I bought a low-price home unit made by the Brother Corporation. The cost per page was supposed to be much less than an inkjet. The salesman told me that if the toner cartridge seemed to be empty, you could get more pages by taking it out, shaking it to loosen up the powder, and then re-installing it. I already knew that trick from selling photocopiers back years ago when I was an office equipment salesman.

So when the light came on the other day -- TONER EMPTY -- I did the shake-and-reinstall trick. Nothing. The printer wouldn't print.

I was pissed off because I knew I hadn't printed that many pages. The toner still had life in it. Print quality was still OK before the unit stopped.

After a few nugatory results with shaking-and-reinstallation, I checked the user's manual, finding the section about extending the cartridge's life. Under Troubleshooting: Improving the print quality, details on how to shake and re-install but no mention of the Go button.

I went online and did a Google search. I came across complaints from customers that the toner cartridges didn't last as long as advertised. Eventually I found the secret to making the unit work longer thanks to an user's comment: Press the green "Go" button after re-installing. Make sure to press it seven times.

Presto. The printer now works.

So why does the Go button have to be pressed seven times? Why not two or three? Maybe an engineer at the Brother Corporation was into numerology.

Regarding the user's manual, maybe someone forgot to add the detail about the Go button under Troubleshooting. Plain incompetence.

Or maybe the option for completely using up the toner was made arcane to increase profit margins. Whatever reason, customers are unhappy because they have to replace the cartridges too soon. What is needed is a smart competitor won't play such games and win customers over to its product.

In the meantime...

Fuck you, Brother.

Saturday, September 03, 2011

Notes Of A Distraught Woman

[Blue woman image based upon photo by Peter Delory. From the cover of Living With Your Husband's Secret Wars by Marsha Means.]

I'm a single male atheist. So why did I pick up a self-help book intended for Christian wives with marital problems?

The notes.

I found the book in a cardboard box on the sidewalk, buried in a jumble of other titles. The FREE BOX sometimes offers intriguing works that the used book store tosses out, not seeing any value.

Apparently the woman who purchased the self-help book didn't want it either, even though she marked it up with her handwritten notes, personal reactions to points raised by the author. It was an opportunity to glimpse into the mind of a devout Christian seeking answers through her faith.

From what I gathered the note-writer was upset that her husband was cheating on her -- mentally, not physically. He enjoyed pornography.

Yes, even thinking about sin is a sin. That's what they told me when I was brought up as a Catholic. It didn't surprise me to see that claim years later after I had "lapsed" from the church. I worked nights as a part-time janitor at a Catholic high school. In one room there was a poster with a list of points and warnings, telling the young students how to look and act. A key point: As soon as an impure thought enters your mind, put it out of your mind -- as soon as you think it. Or you'll have committed sin.

(The poster also said male students had to be clean-shaven, hair cut short. The nun principal didn't like me because I had a beard. I worked for a contract cleaner, not the school per se, so there was nothing she could do even though she believed that only Jesus and the saints were entitled to facial hair.)

I didn't agree with the premise that thought = sin but it was obvious the note-writer was hurt that her husband enjoyed porn and the fantasies that went with it.

She had listed on the inside back cover terms she equated with pornography. Besides "sexual sin," she considered porn as "adultery/infidelity," "extramarital sexual activity," "breach of vows," "sex addiction," "self-destructive behavior," and "sickness of the soul."

The note-writer also underlined and checkmarked many passages in the text. In one section an upset wife tells her story, relating how her attitude, anger, didn't change towards her unfaithful husband; it was sinful. The note-writer observed in the margin: "My unmoving attitude is sin!" Once again, bad thoughts are sin.

But the note-writer didn't always agree with the points raised in the book. One expert stated that forgiving a sinner too quickly can make the other person an enabler, continuing a cycle of forgiveness followed by more betrayal. Observed the note-writer: "Not always -- forgiveness is what gave me the courage and determination to change."

In another section the author states that the wayward husband has to show responsibility, remorse, and spiritual growth as part of the reunion process. But the note-writer remarked: "I see none of these. I see denial, lies, deception and an empty heart." On another page she wrote: "I still feel that there are secrets, not exposed to the light." Elsewhere I came across the word ANGER, emphasized with a circle, almost carved into the margin with her pen.

At one point the note-writer has a list of things she wants to say to her husband -- what she appreciates about him, what she needs from him, and finally, a request to pray together.

Towards the end of the book her notes suddenly stop. Like a used textbook that a college student dutifully marks up and highlights until he reaches the point where he is distracted by campus life or decides the course is bullshit.

In a number of places the letters PRSG are written in the margins, referring to peer recovery support group. Maybe through such a group the note-writer found some answers and that's why she no longer needed the book, no longer compelled to pen her thoughts in the margins.

Monday, August 29, 2011

Enslave The World The High Tech Antichrist Way

Greetings, my friend. Have you ever thought about conquering the world?

ThanX to my research that goal is closer than you think. Part of the answer lies in the "non-fiction" book, 2000 A.D. -- Are You Ready?, by the propheteers Peter and Paul Lalonde. Even though it was published in 1997 and the world didn't end in the year 2000, this work provides clues to how to establish yourself as world dictator.

The book is subtitled How New Technologies and Lightning-Fast Changes are Opening the Door for Satan and His Plan for the End of the World. Yes, this is a born-again Christian book involving the Rapture, the rise of the Antichrist, and the return of the Messiah, but one with a high tech angle.

Oh, you don't believe in either God or Satan? A minor detail. Despite their Christian intentions, the Lalonde brothers have unintentionally sketched a plan that can you make you the secular king of the world.

There are three main parts of the plan:

1. Mass communications, particularly TV.

2. Virtual reality.

3. People are stupid.

The Lalondes claim that the Antichrist will quickly rise to power thanks to TV. Besides enabling the rapid spread of news around the globe, TV has distorted our perception of reality. For example, popular entertainment like Star Trek has made the incredible credible. When Christians disappear across the globe, bodily raptured into heaven, the Antichrist will explain it away through teleportation technology, no supernaturalism involved. The Great Deceiver will say he used technology like Star Trek's transporter beam to put all Christians into a "holding tank" until a new world order is created, one where "no man has gone before."

And what reason does the Antichrist give to beaming the Christians away? The answer is found on page 56:

"The first thing he could tell the ones remaining is that the Christians have been holding the rest of the planet back. He could tell them they are ready for the next step of enlightenment, maybe even the next step of evolution, and now, with the Christians out of the way, there is nothing to stop them from discovering their destiny."

The Lalondes contend that some people have been conditioned by "the gospel of Star Trek," i.e., the future as envisioned by Gene Roddenberry, full of promise and hope thanks to scientific breakthroughs. Mankind will survive and evolve and meet other races in the universe.

Besides Star Trek, entertainment like The X-Files and ET has made the existence of aliens acceptable . So if an entity purporting to be from another world arrives via a spaceship one day, no one would doubt his story.

And don't forget all those reports of UFOs, another factor making the existence of aliens acceptable to many. The Lalondes note that Satan is called in the bible "the prince of the power of the air" (Eph. 2:2). The logic is inescapable: UFOs are seen in the air, Satan is the air power prince, ergo UFOs are Satanic.

To push their point, the Lalondes use a quote by UFO researcher Jacques Vallee in which he observes some UFO incidents are like demonic encounters. As far as I know, Vallee isn't a born-again Christian and his views don't involve the reality of Satan (only some sort of entities pretending to be demons), but that doesn't stop the Lalondes from suggesting that Vallee believes in the demonic UFO theory.

2000 A.D. kind of rambles a bit, talking about artificial intelligence and animatronics, even suggesting at one point that a pseudo-alien (a deception by the Antichrist) could appear and get the people of the world all in line. (Apparently the Lalondes saw that Outer Limits episode, Architects of Fear.)

Of course, the New Age crowd takes a few lumps from the Lalondes, portrayed as a group of dupes like the Star Trek Gospel gang. And since New Agers are into UFOs, they would also fall for the alien deception. Throw in virtual reality distorting everyone's perceptions and mankind would be conditioned for conquest. (This last part was based upon the Lalondes' prediction that most people would be plugged into VR machines by now. Obviously they over-anticipated that development.)

For anyone looking for the particulars about enslaving the world, 2000 A.D. falls short. The Lalondes suggest and infer but for the most part don't come out and say how it would go down exactly. In fact, they were cautious enough back in 1997 to hedge on the year 2000 being the marker for the end-time, mentioning that it might arrive a few years later. (It's now 2011 and counting...)

But, my friend, you're only interested in conquering mankind. Obviously, it doesn't matter if Satan doesn't exist, that the Antichrist is a fantasy. With all the Christians blindly believing in God and the Devil, it's obvious that anyone with the right technology can deceive them as well as those suckers into New Age woo or the gospel of Star Trek.

You could manipulate the Christians by letting them assume you're the Antichrist, staying one step ahead of them. They would be fighting you on the wrong terms. You wouldn't have to teleport them into holding tanks. In fact, no Rapture would make them doubt their beliefs.

And it would be easy to turn the Star Trekker/New Ager dupes against the Christians, saying that you, a benevolent being from another world, have been falsely accused of being the mythical Antichrist. Both groups would be too busy fighting each other to focus on you.

But how do you set up this situation? The devil is in the details. But I know how to pull it off after thinking about the Lalondes' ideas.

If you want the particulars, dear friend, please send all of your money to my bank account in Nigeria.

Monday, August 15, 2011

High Klass Speculation

Sometimes my creative mind looks for new challenges and I start speculating, engaging in higher thought eXperiments.

So what happens after you die? Let's say your individuality still exists, moving on to The Other Side, after you shed your meat suit. OK, then what happens?

For those into reincarnation, karma is the belief that what happens during your lifetime will influence your existence when you return to this world. But what if karma does exist but there's no reincarnation back into the physical plane, that your choices while alive affect your existence on The Other Side? Your karma shapes the form you take after you pass on. In most cases such a spirit would have a humanlike appearance unless that person did something requiring atonement.

At this point the name of the late Philip Klass popped into my head. He was a journalist, editor of Aviation Week & Space Technology magazine and also a controversial UFO researcher. I never met him, he was probably a good person, but life -- and the afterlife -- at times isn't fair. Klass never met a UFO case he didn't like -- to debunk. Critics charged that his particular brand of scientific examination regarding aerial phenomena was overskeptical. His early theory was some sightings were nothing more than energy plasma that could be generated under certain conditions. For example, high tension power lines could create glowing fields, ball lightning kind of stuff.

So maybe when Klass awoke on the Other Side, he found himself paying a karmic debt for a while, trapped in the form of ball lightning. He would appear to other souls, glowing and whizzing around for a few moments before disappearing with a bang, only to return later on, repeating the process. Desperate to communicate with other spirits, he would try to control his temporary ball lightning appearance, hovering in place, flashing a message in Morse code: SOS. He would prove he was real, an unusual form controlled by intelligence.

But despite his attempts at reaching others, all the other spirits ignore him.

After all, on The Other Side, it's common knowledge that ball lightning doesn't exist.

Sunday, August 07, 2011

Liberty Net Versus Jamming Jamming

We're jamming
I wanna jam it with you,
We're jamming, jamming
And I hope you like jamming too
--Bob Marley

Early Sunday morning. August 7, 2011. Tonight the weekly get-together of the ultra-right-ring Ham radio forum Liberty Forum was interrupted, according to one participant, by "a subhuman jammer."

One quickly picks up on "code words" when listening in to the Liberty Net forum. For years the superpatriots have been meeting in the 75 meter band on shortwave radio, starting their discussions around 10 PM Saturday Eastern Standard Time and running over into the next day. Their commentaries are also rebroadcast on the Web via streaming audio at .

How far to the right are these amateur radio operators? They think Rush Limbaugh is a puppet, a stooge. Some listeners disagree with LibNet viewpoints and they try to jam the net's frequency with strong Morse code signals, loud music, whatever they can find to make it difficult to follow the conversations. It's very illegal to do this, by the way. Ask the FCC.

I listen in to the LibNet gabfests to track the latest news in the sub-culture of conspiracy theories. For example, earlier in the discussion there was the topic of an US military helicopter shot down in Afghanistan and how it was probably another diabolical plot by the Mega-Conspiracy, AKA the New World Order, the Illuminati, etc.

Among the soldiers aboard the helicopter were 25 members of the Navy SEALs; all were all killed after the copter was hit by a RPG (Rocket Propelled Grenade) fired by the enemy, according to a TV newscast I heard before listening to the LibNet. The newscast also corrected earlier reports that stated the SEALs who died were the ones who participated in the attack and assassination of Osama bin Laden in Pakistan back in May. The deceased were only part of the same covert unit.

Apparently LibNetter Al Parker hadn't heard that update. He stated that the SEALs aboard the copter were the same ones who entered Pakistan and took out Osama bin Laden in his residential compound hideout. Parker thought the SEALs were shot down by "friendly fire," not in the sense of an accident but following a plan.

Parker said that the SEALs had the goods on President Barack Obama, that they knew the Osama raid was a sham. According to one conspiracy theory, the terrorist bin Laden had died years ago and the raid was a deception to help President Obama to juice up his public approval. Such are the ways of the evil Mega-Conspiracy.

But if this far-out theory is true, then the "friendlies" who shot down the copter also have something on Obama. So another special unit will have to terminate those "friendlies" with extreme prejudice. But then that unit will have the goods on Barack. And so someone will have to kill that third crew... I'm having trouble buying into this. Or maybe the logic behind it just escapes me.

LibNetter Al Parker, at least when I've heard him on the air, doesn't stoop to use slurs like "Hispanic nigger," a term someone else on the net used to describe the jammer. Parker uses terms like "subhuman" and "African" and "ghetto" to refer to certain individuals. Mealy-mouthed racism, anyone?

The jammer was rebroadcasting a FM radio station featuring global music. Parker did mention that the radio station had streaming audio on the Web. It seems that whoever was behind the interference didn't have to be connected to that station as an employee or even as regular listener. He was just re-pumping in the jamming tunes, mon. In fact, the jammer could even be one of those Americans of "white European stock" that Parker praises while condemning "subhumans."

The mysterious jammer picked a good choice in music to drive Parker off the air. Parker said such music made him sick, that it was destroying culture unlike classical music. He accused the jammer of being mentally defective, suffering from syphilis.

But there's a paradox about Parker and his "white" fixation. Parker is what is called A-albionic (A = Anti), i.e., he usually rants about the Royal Family of England being behind the Mega-Conspiracy. Seems to me the Royal Family is about as white as you're going to get. Or maybe I'm missing the logic.

Monday, August 01, 2011

Planet Earth: Weapon Of War

To self-proclaimed independent scientist Lauren Moret it's all a conspiracy.

Hurricane Katrina (2005), the Haiti Earthquake (2010) and the earthquake-tsunami-nuclear meltdown triple disaster in Japan back in March -- not random events caused by impersonal natural forces. All were planned and executed by an international war crimes network involving the CIA, DOE, and BP for City of London bankers.

So how did evil agents within the Central Intelligence Agency, the (US) Department of Energy, and British Petroleum pull it off? According to Moret they simply moved heaven and earth with another initialized entity: HAARP.

The High Frequency Active Auroral Research Program located near Gakona, Alaska is described at its Website as "A Premier Facility for the Study of Ionospheric Physics and Radio Science." Its purpose is to improve military and civilian communication and navigation systems by learning more about the Earth's ionosphere. There are two major components to HAARP, one continuous, the other intermittent.

Scientific instruments study the geomagnetic environment and collect data, 24/7. Sometimes the researchers fire up a HF (high frequency) transmitter to poke around in the environment of near space. According to HAARP's Website FAQ page, the project is not classified, i.e., there are no classified documents pertaining to it. In fact it schedules Open Houses during the summer for anyone who wants a look-see inside.

It all sounds benign but not to conspiracy theorists like Moret. She claims that disasters like Hurricane Katrina, the Haiti earthquake and the recent Japan triple-disaster were all caused by HAARP. Apparently when the boys are firing up their HF transmitter in Alaska they're engaging in "tectonic warfare," creating earthquakes in targeted areas.

In the case of the Japan triple-disaster, the Fukushima nuclear power plant was specifically targeted to cause a meltdown as part of what she calls international genocidal depopulation. Not only the people of Japan are victims of the released radiation, says Moret, but also people in other parts of the worlds such as the US West Coast.

And what background does Moret have to make these claims? In her biography posted at she states she has a BS in geology (U.C. Davis, 1968), a MA in Near Eastern Studies (U.C. Berkeley, 1978), and also has completed a PhD in Geosciences, ABD (all but dissertation) at U.C. Davis.

But as an independent scientist Moret isn't limited by her educational background. She's also familiar with meteorology -- actually, I should say weather control. She maintains that HAARP created a series of hurricanes in the United States after the Fukushima meltdown, manipulating Earth's natural forces to intensify the effects of the radiation drifting in from Japan.

And why is the evil cabal behind HAARP doing this? All for GOD: gold, oil, and drugs, its main sources of income. And it's not only the illegal drug market that financially empowers the cabal. Exposure to higher levels of radiation weakens people, causing disease, resulting in more dependence on big pharmaceutical companies, ergo, more profits. The ensuing depopulation means its easier for the conspirators to grab land and resources.

But what use are such grabs when the land and resources are too hot to use? Maybe Lauren Moret will provide an answer to that puzzler.

Additional Sources:

Leuren Moret: Fukushima HAARP nuclear attack by CIA, DOE, BP for London banks

Scientist Leuren Moret: Radiation war intensifies with HAARP tornadoes in USA

Coverup! California, Northwest, B.C. Canada under radiation as high as Japan

Sunday, July 31, 2011

A Pose By Any Other Name

Hugh Mungus?

I supposed to believe an article by Hugh Mungus?

I came across this writer's name over at . Sorry, that name sounds too much like a joke. Even if it's his real name, I can't take anything written by him seriously. It requires a humongous leap of faith. What's next? A flying saucer report from Biggus Dickus?

There's the fringe newspaper, The Sovereign, that reads like The Onion on a bad hit of LSD. Check out its line-up of dubious bylines: Donald "Pogo" Meserlin, PE; Socrcha Faal; T. Weed; Putty; and even Death Dentist. And let's not overlook Sarah Conner, Human Resistance Leader, and Nick Fury of S.H.I.E.L.D. Fiction comes to life? I don't think so.

Trust is important when it comes to appearances. And you can trust me or my name isn't Ray X.

80 Years Old And Still Saucering

He's been there from the beginning, back in the days when the buzzword was flying saucers, not UFOs. He's been involved both in ufology -- documenting strange cases but also exposing hoaxers -- and ufoology -- perpetrating a few hoaxes of his own. A combination of believer, skeptic and trickster all rolled into one.

Jim Moseley will be 80 years old on August 4th. Note to UFO researchers: better interview Jim now or before you know it, time will fly by and the opportunity will be lost.

Best wishes, cards, money can be sent to him at PO Box 1709, Key West, Florida 33041. You can email him at -- indirectly, that is. He has an associate editor that will pass along your messages. Jim eschews the digital revolution, especially what he calls the Dreaded Net. I suspect he doesn't trust all the alien tech given to us from the Roswell Crash. That's why he still puts together each issue of his non-scheduled zine, Saucer Smear, with a typewriter, scissors and tape.

But Jim isn't a complete Luddite; he has a phone: (305) 294-2270. Call if you suspect he isn't real. I know I call on occasion just to make sure he exists. In fact, considering his energy and rebelliousness, 80 years young would be a better description.

Happy Birthday, Jim.

Friday, July 15, 2011

Publish Or Privish

Privish. A word formed from "privately published."

In a negative sense it means a strategy by a book publisher to sabotage the release of a controversial book. For example, the book "DuPont: Behind the Nylon Curtain" by Gerard Colby was privished after a DuPont family member raised a stink after seeing an advanced copy of the book. Due to pressure, the publisher Prentice-Hall cut the number of copies for distribution and slashed the advertising budget.

In a neutral or positive sense privish can also mean a choice by a writer to limit distribution of printed works to very few people. The advantage of this type of privishing is that is only shared with readers who are really interested in the work, not its format or status.

Some people consider this type of privishing in a negative light because it implies that the members of the writer's inner circle won't criticize the writing. I don't mind criticism if it's constructive and practical.

So when it comes to my words on paper, call me Ray X, Privisher.

ADDENDUM: 8/14/11

I decided to have my own take on privish. In my case it's going to mean "privileged publishing." Privish in the sense of private publishing is pronounced "prie-vish." Privish with my new definition is pronounced "priv-ish." So those still receiving my paper zine should feel privileged -- all two of you. [G]

Thursday, July 14, 2011

Zine Or Blog: Why The Great Divide?

There was another issue I wanted to discuss in my last post but decided that it warranted its own entry.

My bastard hybrid zine.

I started as a paper zinester and over the years I find myself a blogger first, then a zinester. I think some people are upset that my zine has become a collection of my blog posts.

Why do I think that? Well, when a zinester says that paper should never reproduce photons, that online and offline writing must be separate, I kinda notice.

I also notice when a zinester states that he will never put email and web addresses in his paper publication; he only deals with snail mail.

Each to his own but...

Why does it have to be one or the other? It seems a creator has to declare his allegiance to either the paper brigade or the digital legion, nothing in-between.

In fact, some of the paper types act as if the Web is evil incarnate, destroying their dead tree way of life. Years ago there was one zinester who warned to stay away from the Internet because it was an opportunity for "They" to spy and track you. As if no one ever sneaks a peak at snail mail or taps a phone.

Some zinesters act as if the Web lobby is going to outlaw snail mail and paper. "They'll have to take my rebuilt mimeograph machine from my cold dead hands!" That sort of thing.

I know there must be online counterparts to the paper only crowd, people who think that everything should be digital, proclaiming death to all traditional physical formats. I don't buy that hyper-logic either. I do like books, magazines, newspapers, zines.

I do a fair amount of surfing and so far I haven't encountered any digital elitists. But I have encountered a few meatspace ones in the zines I've read.

This zine-or-blog controversy -- screw it.

When it comes to writing, the medium ain't the message.

And if you're getting bored like I am with this zine talk, don't worry. Because when it comes to zining, I'm through worrying at all.

Monday, July 11, 2011

Ray X Violates Key Zinester Commandment!

I have broken one of the sacred commandments of print zinesterdom:


I became aware of this vile transgression through Randy Robbins of Narcolepsy Press Review. He wrote a review of my zine, Ray X X-Rayer (#80), mentioning that it comes out "pretty regularly" and that the last issue feature images of crucified Santas on the cover, a layout he thought was "cool." Then he goes on why he has a problem with the latest issue.

At this point I thought he would write about the contents of #80, why he didn't care for my articles. After all, a review should at least give the reader a brief lowdown on what subjects the writor covers, his POV and style. If I was reviewing Narco I would summarize what is included besides short zine takes.

But I'm here to review a review. Most of Randy's words regarding XR #80 isn't the contents and my opinions but the new price for my zine:

"But with this issue I couldn't believe what I was reading. The last bit about how he's now charging for the zine and he deserves two bucks for his work and worse, that it'll just end soon anyway, just came off not cool. So if you never ordered it when it was free, now that's it two bucks, how about it?"

Ray X not cool? Horrors. What will the hipsters say?

(I hope Randy has a sense of humor.)

In a note he included with his zine Randy warned me with "Not the best review this time around." OK, some people don't like my writing. Fine. But Randy's focus was on my on $2.00 charge per issue. He advised me that I could only charge that for a 16 page zine.

My reply: Quality over quantity. I've received zines that were packed with pages -- mostly unreadable pages, content and print standards. Not worth a buck. My zine ain't slick but it's readable and some readers find it interesting.

And as I tried to eXplain before, I have limited time, money and energy. Blogging is very efficient, minimal cost. I have creative projects besides this Ray X gig, especially after six months of winter around here, being cooped up in this shoe box apartment. (That's why I haven't been blogging that much lately.)

I'd rather be doing other things than prepping a print zine and getting it out in the mail. (Sorry to repeat myself, regular readers of my genius.) I'd rather be researching and writing, not sorting, folding, stamping pieces of paper.

And don't take that last line as a put down of print zines. I like print zines. I'm just not into running a charitable operation while doing one. Once again, budget constraints.

I can live with a bad review for my zine but a bad bad review? It was like reading a movie critic's take on a film and all he does is complain about the price of the ticket to get in and says next to nothing about the movie's plot or theme.

In his note Randy wrote that he was "disheartened to read my cynical words" regarding the price for my zine. Sorry, Randy, I think my words are practical, not cynical.

I do things my own way. Maybe some think that I'm the Joe Eszterhas of zinedom, that all I want is top dollar. Look at my blog. No charge. I'm giving enough away for free as it is.

$2.00 for my print zine? Live with it.

[NOTE: Despite the bad bad review I received, Narcolepsy Press Review #7 is worth a couple of bucks. Send well-concealed cash to Randy Robbins, PO Box 17131, Anaheim, CA 92817-7131 .]

[NOTE: I've been told blog posts should never run over 500 words. This one clocks in over 650. Another vile transgression!]

Wednesday, June 22, 2011

Monotony, Uncertainty and Eschatology

With all of this talk of doomsday -- Harold Camping resetting the date to October 21st and there's also the buzz about 2012 -- I wonder what drives some people to embrace the End Times whether they be Christian or New Age.

I think a few individuals want release from the monotony of daily living, the constant grind of working and making ends meet. They want some excitement, an escape from the deadly boredom. Stuck on a treadmill they question the purpose of life.

And while there's monotony, there also lurks uncertainty. Something bad could happen at any moment -- a car accident, a murder, a natural catastrophe. Some people want to jump to the end of the book and know how it all wraps up, no surprises.

Especially when it comes to the big question: Is there life after death? And more importantly, will I be rewarded for my struggles?

That's why when someone comes along and says, "Here's the date and good things will come your way if you believe," suckers are ready to line up.

Thursday, May 26, 2011

Camping It Up Again

It's the "I was almost right" argument.

May 21st, 2011 -- Judgment Day. A good person would be raptured up to heaven, eternal salvation, but an unsaved one would simply perish, his consciousness wiped away forever.

Instead of the whole world falling apart at the same time, May 21st would be a methodical doomsday, step by step. Starting at the international dateline, each time zone would experience great earthquakes at 6 PM local time.

Or so claimed Family Radio President Harold Camping who sat at home on that fateful day, waiting for news from the other side of the world about God's judgment marching along the globe, each time zone a falling domino.

Then nothing happened.

So Camping went into seclusion while some of his followers were pissed off, including the ones that spent their own money to spread the world about doomsday through such outlets as billboards, books, and even a lit sign on top of a car.

But Camping is back. He says he was wrong -- sorta. You see he looked over his calculations and decided he was off by five months. Be assured that the world will end on October 21st.

And what about his May 21st prediction? Camping says he was almost right. That day was a spiritual Judgment Day that placed all of us under Christ's judgment. Hey, is that fair? Shouldn't there have been a mystical sign on that day? We can't just take Camping's word for it. In 1994 his first doomsday prediction didn't come to pass. Note to God: Get a better messenger.

So May 21st was Judgment Day in a sense. Doomsday is still a'coming.

This bit sounded familiar to me. So I checked and I was right.

Ladies and Gentlemen, let's travel back to 19th Century and meet the Millerites. They were the followers of William Miller who prophesied the world was going to end sometime between March 21st, 1843 and March 21st, 1844. (What is it about the 21st of the month that lends itself to an End Times date?) But nothing happened, especially on the latter date.

So a new date was determined: April 18th, 1844. More nothing. So the Millerites decided that they had entered a "tarrying time," that is, a time of waiting for Christ to come down from the clouds.

Then a Millerite preacher named Samuel J. Snow did his calculations and Shazam! -- doomsday was going to hit on October 22nd, 1844. Guess what happened? Clue: that date is known as the Great Disappointment.

Three strikes, you're out.

But ye of little faith -- please listen. According to one group of Millerites something did happen on October 21st, 1844. Miller's prophecy was based on a line from the bible, Daniel 8:14-8:14:

"And he answered him,* ‘For two thousand three hundred evenings and mornings; then the sanctuary shall be restored to its rightful state.’ "

The sanctuary was assumed to be the Earth and the restoration was a cleansing. But that assumption was in error, said this group of Millerites. The cleansing was done in heaven. (Gee, I didn't know that heaven could get so untidy and dirty. Oxymoron: pigsty heaven.) From this group grew a new movement, the Seventh-day Adventist Church.

So history repeats itself. "Tarrying time," "heavenly cleansing," and now "spiritual Judgment Day." The common denominator: all three have to be taken on faith.

Or be taken with a strong dose of cognitive dissonance.

Monday, May 16, 2011

Will You Survive The Camping Trip?

Mark your calendar. May 21st, 2011.

It's the end of the world.

If you're a good Christian, raptured to heaven you will go. As for the rest of us, we're screwed.

So says Harold Camping, President of Family Radio, a Christian broadcasting service heard throughout the world via shortwave radio. I wrote about his prediction back in 2009 [ ]. I almost forgot that the hour was nigh. (Sin is so distracting.)

How can Camping declare the world will end when it's stated in the Bible that no one will be tipped off about when Final Judgment is going to hit?

This point is raised at the Family Radio Website:

"No one except God knows the time of the end of the world. How does anyone dare to teach that the Rapture and the Day of Judgment will occur on May 21, 2011? Doesn’t the Bible say very plainly that no one can know the day or the hour of Christ’s return? Indeed the Bible did teach that. "

But there is an out for someone like Harold Camping. As he notes:

"Therefore, regardless of how brilliant or how learned a theologian or Bible student might have been, or how diligently they studied the Bible or faithfully served Christ, it was impossible to learn from the Bible the timetable for the end of the world. Anyone who claimed he knew the time of the end was always wrong.

"Nevertheless, there is a very striking statement in the Bible. It is recorded in Ecclesiastes 8:5. There God declares:

"'Whoso keepeth the commandment shall feel no evil thing: and a wise man’s heart discerneth [better translation: will know] both time and judgment.'

"In the Bible a wise man is a true believer, to whom God has given a profound trust in the authority of the Bible. True believers have been in existence since the beginning of time. But the timeline of history as it is revealed in the Bible was never revealed to the hearts of the true believers. For example, throughout most of the church age it was generally believed that Creation occurred in the year 4004 B.C.

"However, about 35 years ago God began to open the true believers’ understanding of the timeline of history..."

From this point Camping uses "logical" reasoning -- or as I call it, hyperlogic -- to say that the situation has changed, a wise man (Camping) has new knowledge revealed by God that allows one to now see the hidden messages in the Bible pertaining to the timeline of creation and destruction. The "That was then, this is now" argument.

As Camping explains:

"Therefore, whatever end-time information had been given to Daniel, but was not to be understood until the time of the end, had to have been included in the Bible before the Bible was completed. However, God wrote it in such a way that it could not be understood until the world was almost at its end."

Camping bases his claims on all sorts of historical calculations, assuming that certain events went down at certain times, and then uses what I call hypermath to prove his statement about the quickly approaching last day.

So what will happen on the last day of life as we know it?

On a Web page called "FACTS about May 21, 2011" Camping says a great earthquake -- of biblical proportions, of course -- will shake the world, opening up all the graves. The remains of the faithful will be transformed into spiritual bodies while those of the unsaved will be thrown to the ground to be shamed. And what about the living? Camping states:

"The inhabitants who survive this terrible earthquake will exist in a world of horror and chaos beyond description. Each day people will die until October 21, 2011 when God will completely destroy this earth and its surviving inhabitants."

Apparently the living good souls get beamed up to the Starship Enterprise -- oops, I mean heaven. As for the unsaved, we don't get tossed into the eternal fires of Satan's Spa; instead, we just lose consciousness when we die during the horror and chaos, just snuffed out (Camping believes in the Christian belief of annihilationism).

As a hippie would say: "Man, what a far out trip!"

Keep in mind that Camping predicted The End was going to happen in 1994 in one of his books. But he explains that people overlooked an important part of the book's title: "1994?" -- the stress on the "?" (Yup, don't forget that weasely question mark.) Also, once again using the "That was then, this is now" argument, Camping says when he wrote his book certain important biblical knowledge remained unknown.

Of course, in one way Camping could be right. If he happens to die that day, the world will end -- for him.

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Family Radio Website:

No Man Knows The Day Or Hour?

FACTS about May 21, 2011

Harold Camping