|EDITOR AND STILL
James W. Moseley
Volume 47, No. 4
May 15th, 2000
P. 0. Box 1709
Key West, FL 33041
DEAF, DUMB, AND BLIND!
Speakers included Cody Johnson, founder of the Prophets Conference; wealthy ufologist Joe Firmage; former astronaut Dr. Edgar Mitchell, and a handful of New Age Indians. Sadly, the speaker we really wanted to hear & meet, Robert Anton Wilson, was ill and unable to attend. (We have corresponded with Wilson for years but have never met him.)
From the Convention literature we had every reason to believe that the event would be held in one of two recommended hotels, but this turned out not to be the case. Neither had a hall big enough, so the lectures were given at a theatre on the extensive campus of the New Mexico School for the Deaf. This was at least a couple of miles from either hotel, so transportation became a problem. There were no signs for the Conference anywhere on the campus, and no knowledge of anything at the hotels!
Furthermore, the organizers seem to have lost our check for $325, to pay for attending the entire conference. (We learned too late that one could pay for individual lectures.) The only speaker we actually heard was Dr. Mitchell, who attempted to apply the mathematics of sub-atomic physics to the Universe at large, as well as to human relationships. It was pleasant New Age goo, proving nothing whatever.
The hall held at least 400 people and was nearly full. If each person paid $300 or more, that's a cool $120,000 or so - but we were told that most people paid only to hear specific speakers.
As far as we were concerned, the Prophets (Profit$?) Conference was a big disappointment; but while in New Mexico we hobnobbed with our contributing editor Karl Pflock, lunched with graphic artist & ufologist Miller Johnson, and interviewed former Air Force sergeant Richard Doty about the fascinating Paul Bennewitz UFO syndrome of the early 1980s, and other ufological matters. Details concerning this interview will appear in the next glorious issue of "Smear".
First, Bell's son was kidnapped and raped by a substitute teacher at his own high school, back in 1997. Art Bell IV was only sixteen years old at the time, and the assailant was HIV positive! The teacher in question was tried and convicted of this crime, but apparently permanent psychological damage was done to the boy by this tragic event.
As if this were not bad enough, later that same year, a right-wing radio station in Nashville, Tennessee accused Bell himself of being a child molester. It is not clear whether or not they were saying that Bell had molested his own son. In any case, much trauma, many lawsuits and negative vibes have come from all this, to the point that Bell now feels he can no longer function on the air - even part-time. He therefore intends to retire permanently from all public activities and henceforth live "an anonymous lifestyle".
Strangely, your "Smear" editor has never heard Art Bell on the radio, though we saw him interviewed once on Larry King's CNN television program. Then again, it is doubtful that Bell has ever seen or heard your "Smear" editor on the media either, so it all evens out. We do feel sorry for Bell, however, and for the sake of all his many listeners, we hope he comes up with a good substitute host. (Our thanks to K. Pflock for this & other items in this issue.)
In spite of this strange title, Smith's article presents a thoughtful, well-balanced critique of skeptics in general, and we were quite impressed until we saw Smith's credits at the end of the article. He has written a book called "The Soul of Your Pet: Evidence for the Survival of Animals in the Afterlife". What we want to know is - does this refer only to nice animals like dogs and cats, or are cockroaches and rats included too?? Where do we draw the line? Inquiring minds would like to know! ....
Unfortunately, we have seen, written about, and dug on the Nazca Lines of Peru, and they are not proof of anything extraterrestrial. Dr. Harder is apparently a well-meaning New Age thinker who is more interested in sentiment than facts. But we wish her well...
This particular booklet is a "Special UFO Issue", and contains articles by Jerome Clark, Patrick Huyghe, Karl Pflock, Martin Kottmeyer and others. We were pleased to also find a short commentary by Alexander Mebane, a little-known intellectual in the UFO field, whom we first knew as a leading member of Civilian Saucer Intelligence of New York, back in the mid-1950s.
Naturally we have not taken the time to read all of Number Eight, but we were extremely impressed by Patrick Huyghe's contribution, "The Best UFO Case Ever? A Review and Update of the Socorro (N.M.) Incident". This, together with the Cash/Landrum Case of 1980, is the UFO event that has always intrigued us more than any other.
The Socorro landing, from 1964, involved a highly-respected police officer named Lonnie Zamora, who came upon a very loud landed object with two small beings near it. This was in broad daylight, with physical traces left behind. A thorough investigation by governmental agencies as well as UFO groups never found a mundane solution. A newly-invented hot air balloon is mentioned as an intriguing possibility, but this answer does not really fit very well. So what was it? Maybe even a spaceship!
The other article that grabbed our attention was the one by our esteemed contributing editor, Karl Pflock. Here he gives an expanded version of the lecture he presented at last year's NUFOC convention, about the alleged UFO landing near Aztec, New Mexico, in 1948. This story involves information presented in the best-selling book "Behind the Flying Saucers", written by Hollywood humorist Frank Scully in 1950, based on material supplied to him by a confidence man named Silas Newton. The story of this hoax is long and complex, and not all of it has been told yet. Just like the Roswell Incident (which Pflock helped to solve), it seems to take many, many years for all aspects of the truth to emerge.
Based on certain details uncovered in his Aztec research, Pflock speculates that "this has again opened the door for me on the possibility that there may have been a crash-retrieval back in the forties. Not, I hasten to add, near Roswell..." We agree that such a possibility exists, however remotely.
Incidentally, in late 1953, your "Smear" editor had long interviews with both Frank Scully and Silas Newton, and this fact is acknowledged in the fine print at the end of Pflock's article. There is even a plug for "Smear" in the rear of this great tome!
Also worth mentioning in Number Eight is a long account by Colin Bennett, supposedly focused on George Adamski's 1959 world tour, with asides about many other aspects of Adamski's life. It is clear that the author admires this classic contactee, and perhaps even believes him. Alas, Bennett seems blissfully unaware of your "Smear" editor's definitive expose of Adamski, published in 1957.
Huyghe and Stacy are doing a very worthwhile thing here, by bringing together a half dozen or so top Fortean writers in each of their somewhat twice-yearly booklets. To obtain Number Eight, send a check or money order for $12.45 to Dennis Stacy, Box 12434, San Antonio,Texas 78212. Or, if you are addicted to the Internet, you may pay by credit card at: www. anomalist.com.
Last "Pflock PTalk" I began my expose of the U.S. Postal Service as the agency in which MJ-12 hides and carries out The Great UFO Cover-Up. Since 1947, the principal business of the USPS hasn't been delivering the mail, a fact which has become more and more obvious in recent years as mail service has gotten worse and worse. Here's further proof that The Truth isn't Out There, but rather is as near as your mailbox.
How did the film exposing the first MJ-12 papers get delivered to Jaime Shandera, and how did the one containing images of the SOM1-01 manual find its way to Don Berliner? Via the U.S. Mail, that's how! And how were Bill Moore and Shandera led to their discovery of the Cutler-Twining memo? They were sent mysterious postcards, which were delivered by the USPS. And consider the flood of new MJ-12 material still being received by Tim Cooper. Someone leaves the stuff in his mailbox. Yes, his mailbox!
And why do you suppose the Postal Service keeps asking for rate increases? You think it's to cover the cost of delivering mail? C'mon! It's for MJ-12 research and cover-up work. Back engineering alien spacecraft and keeping the MIB in top quality black suits, hats, sunglasses and mint-condition classic cars isn't cheap, you know!
Have you noticed how it takes longer and longer for your mail to be delivered, especially your ufological mail? And who knows how much of it never gets to you. How long will it take for this issue of "Smear" to arrive - in your mailbox - if it ever does?
Surely you don't believe all those cases of postal workers "going postal" are merely the result of stressing out over fears of dog bites and the Christmas rush. No. They're all carefully staged events in which MJ-12 disposes of those who can no longer be trusted, while providing a perfect cover - not to mention saving on pension costs!
Oh yeah, and we all know the UFO cover-up was privatized some time ago. So was the Postal Service, which used to be the U.S. Post Office Department, remember? Huh? Huh?
Still not buying it? Okay. I've saved the best for last. Who was the founding father of the Postal Service? Benjamin Franklin, that's who. You don't really think a guy that smart was a mere earthling, do you? Well, do you?!
"Thanks for reading my play. I loved your 'review' in 'Smear'. When I saw the cartoon by Matt Graeber I couldn't stop laughing. Huggins & Co. on Broadway - yea, right; that I'd like to see! Actually, I would like it, but I agree with you, Jim - it's not likely to happen, though I have had two or three very vivid dreams of the play being performed on stage. Wishful thinking subconsciously, I think.
"I spent about seven or eight months writing the play, putting in the experiences I've never told anyone. It was such a catharsis for me. When I finished it, I felt so good. It was like a weight had fallen off. I even heard it thump to the floor!
"Oh, I went looking for Broadway here in Hoboken (N.J.), but I could not find it. You don't think it was abducted, do you? Besides, what would these beings want with Hoboken's 'great white way'?"
Editor's Note: We erred in stating that there is a Broadway in Hoboken. There is a Broadway in several nearby towns, one of which we used to live in.
"Wouldn't it be amusing if Huggins' saga were essentially true, and testifying to a new phase of the UFO phenomenon - seductions, rather than abductions? But that hardly seems likely. It wouldn't be gruesome enough to suit these beings' 'inhuman' sense of humor. Remember that the current perpetrators are very likely the same ones who find it amusing to mutilate cattle; and not too long ago they thought it great fun to induce us to burn women at the stake!"
"...I really enjoyed your review of David Huggins' two-act play 'UFO', and have hung the picture of that well-endowed alien female known as 'Aloo' on my bathroom wall. (I got kind of tired of holding it with one hand!)
"Moreover, I must say that I envy Mr. Huggins' rich and diverse sex life, not to mention his ability to 'perform' so well while being closely watched by big bugs or an enthralled Broadway audience! (Gee, I have problems when our puppy is in the room!)
"Anyway, Mr. Huggins' fantastic story may be believed by some and rejected by others in ufological circles, but I feel certain that Aloo's 'Eddie Munster-like hairdo' is going to be all-the-rage in the more avant garde segment of our society..."
"My problem is that I do not suffer fools graciously and detest mendacity and misrepresentation. Other than that, I find you charming, and, on occasion, mildly entertaining." Same to you, buddy! - Editor:
"Regarding the one whose name shall remain unspoken (or unwritten) but begins with the last letter of the alphabet (a ranking somehow appropriate to his station in life) - I offer the following comment:
...I read a copy of the unmentionable one's diatribe years ago. What a pity its author has been stuck on stupid all this time! But then, I suppose that's what regurgitating too much cow flop does to a person. Take Bob Todd for example..."
"You think you are so smart but you have only sealed your doom! Nobody is supposed to know the Postal Brotherhood, or the real meaning of MJ (Mail Jocks). Fortunately you haven't yet found the other members. They will take their revenge on you. You will be stamped, cancelled, and dispatched into the mail flow, never to be seen again. They will find parts of you in the dead letter units in Timbuktu, in Singapore, in Ulan Bator, but never can the whole body be reassembled. The postal eagle is a bird of prey. We are very efficient! If Moseley publishes this exposure, he will soon be plucked from the face of the earth and follow you into oblivion. You will all be buried deeper than the most secret UFO document!
"Have a nice day."
"The March 15th 'Smear' was indeed the sexiest yet. Throughout my adult life I've heard that sex sells. I hope you have a very large P.O. box to accomodate all inquiries on 'Smear'.
"It probably wouldn't be wise to let anyone but Karl Pflock (who has a need to know) know that I once worked as a mailman at Redbook Magazine, and also worked for UPS.
"I wonder if aliens are behind this current anti-abortion business that is bothering this country. Personally, I am pro-abortion and Anti-Choice, as we have more than enough aliens in this country as is. Perhaps we could set up some sort of alien adoption business in third world countries, so they'd stop coming over here and implanting our women. There are enough women already with implants!"
"I'd like to point out that I think Jim Martin has smoking gun proof of the existence of MJ-12. It's in his new book, 'Wilhelm Reich and the Cold War', which he makes available through his 'Flatland' book service... Jim found a document in the archives of British diplomat Lew Douglas. The dates match up such with the Cutler-Twining memo (which is still in the National Archives; I've held it!) that it is difficult to look at it as just a coincidence. The Cutler-Twining, of course, mentions an MJ-12 "Special Studies" group. It seems clear to me that the special study was of Reich and all the UFO info he was supplying to the Air Force. I'm not able to do justice to the whole story, but it's in that new book by Martin and I recommend it to your readers."
"...On the Erich Von Daeniken front, he's moving swiftly toward the realization of his goal to open the 'Mysteries of the World' theme park near Interlaken. Technically, it's not so much a theme park as it is a somewhat UFO-shaped building in which some of the world's classic mysteries and Fortean enigmas are depicted, along with some of the classic explanations and speculation. It's important to point out that this is a first-class undertaking that is receiving a lot of financial and other support. Some even see it becoming one of the leading modern attractions of Europe. The scheduled opening date is 2002, if I'm not mistaken. Incidentally, Von Daeniken is at great pains to emphasize that this is not a UFO park. In fact, he says there will be no UFO presence there at all (no pun intended). Be that as it may, he is associated with saucers, and this perhaps may be reflected in the final project somehow..."
"I read 'The Abduction Enigma' and did a review for Fate, which ran earlier this year. As far as I am concerned, it pretty well puts the stake through the vampire's heart, i.e., it confirms my long-held feeling that abductionism is pretty much nonsense.
"Like Karl Pflock, I do hold out some hope that a few may be For Real, though reading 'Rare Earth' substantially dashes long-held hopes of intelligent life Out There. It is, of course, possible that the 'Rare Earth' authors are as overly pessimistic as the SETI set is overly optimistic. Meanwhile, of course, the ufoologists go their own way, undisturbed by real science."
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