Arcturus Books Catalog, June 2001
Pflock, Karl. ROSWELL: INCONVENIENT FACTS AND THE WILL TO BELIEVE. Prometheus, 2001, HC, 345pp, photos, references, index. Roswell may have had its day in the sun, having now passed into "regional folklore." But it can stand to be raked over one more time as long as it's someone of the calibre of Karl Pflock doing the raking. In this new work he confesses his own original belief in some degree of truth for Roswell --a belief which gradually undid itself as his own investigation --using formerly classified records-- revealed that the government never did have any UFOs or any alien bodies from Roswell. Further, "critical weather data completely refutes key claims of Roswell believers and explains why the case now depends on just one witness, who cleverly manipulated leading investigators and continues to do so today." Put Roswell to bed once and for all with this definitive book on the subject! $25.00
|EDITOR AND STILL
James W. Moseley
Volume 48, No. 6
June 25th, 2001
P. 0. Box 1709
Key West, FL 33041
MOTHMAN SI, CHUPACABRAS, NO!
Incidentally, the author of the above-mentioned Fate article is Robert Goerman, who in 1982 self-published a book exposing the legendary Carlos Allende of "Philadelphia Experiment" fame. Carlos Allende (born Carl Allen) originally came from a family in Pennsylvania who lived near the area where the Goerman family lived. We very recently acquired Goerman's unique booklet about all this, courtesy of Rick Hilberg of Cleve land' s UAPA ....
The reason for the headline "Moth man Si, Chupacabras No!" is that the dreaded Chupacabras (literally, "goat sucker" in Spanish) is a foreign sort of monster, seen only in Spanish-speaking countries and Hispanic neighborhoods of U.S. cities. (Actually, he hasn't been seen anywhere in several years!)
Mothman, on the other hand, is as American as apple pie or watermellon! Born and bred in those West Virginia hills, this creature thrives on the wholesomeness of the U.S. hillbilly environment. (Hallelujah!) We just thought you would want to know this.
For the people swept up in this "Monkey Man" hysteria, the situation is no laughing matter. One man lept to his death, in panic. Others have been hospitalized with "fractures and severe injuries", but these injuries are not described in any detail at all, in the accounts we have seen. Descriptions of the monster vary wildly. Apparently some fiendish human, with or without a monkey mask, is behind this sadistic mischief. Several poverty-stricken suburbs of New Delhi are said to be in a state of panic, and police are using reinforcements. Stay tuned! (Our thanks to Tim Brigham for this info from the Net.)
Says Mitchell: "I cooperated with Steve Greer some years ago, but he began to overreach his data continuously, necessitating a withdrawal by myself ...and several others... Although I firmly believe it is time for openness and disclosure by the government, I object to being misused in this fashion and acquire guilt by association with certain claims that simply are not true...
"Neither I nor any crew I was on...received any briefing on UFO events before or after flights, or saw anything in space suggesting UFOs or structures on the moon, etc... My only claim to knowledge of these events is from the individuals, mostly of yesteryear, who were in government, intelligence, or military. They were there, saw what they saw, and now believe it should be made public. But I claim no first-hand knowledge, nor have any..."
Greer's press conference also drew criticism from an unexpected source - famed abductee Whitley Strieber. To us, Strieber's views range from sensible to senseless, depending on the subject. (Translation: We don't always agree with him.) Regarding Strieber's opinion of Greer's opinion, the "Communion" author feels that our Visitors do not represent a benign, benevolent federation of unearthly civilizations. For him, the abduction syndrome shows us that the matter is much weirder, more negative, and more complex than that. Furthermore, he doesn't accept Greer's theory that we should scrap our proposed missile defense system because it is "anti-alien" Strieber (correctly, in our opinion) believes that it should not be built - not because of aliens, but "because it is probably going to be useless, and a factor contributing to a "dangerous isolationism" by the U.S.A. (Our thanks to Rob MacGregor for this one.)
"While high-level military and government witnesses seek to testify on Capitol Hill about the existence of an enigmatic extraterrestrial presence on this planet, an explosively controversial document has suddenly appeared on the Internet which purports to be an intelligence report by non-human interplanetary agents who wish to warn humanity about the activities, motives, plans, and ethics of our ET 'visitors'
"Calling themselves 'The Allies of Humanity', these mysterious offworlders charge that Earth's intruding extraterrestrial visitors are in reality resource explorers and trade collectives whose interests are fundamentally commercial, clandestinely seeking to gain competitive, economic, and psychological advantage in our emerging world. The 'Allies' urge a concerted grassroots response of public education and preparation, along with active resistance to ET usurpation of human rights and freedoms..."
The above had us pretty shook up for awhile. After all, here's one group of space entities apparently ratting out the hidden evil motives of another group of space entities. Then we realized: The whole thing is a disguised ad for a book! For more details, contact Visibiliti Unlimited, P.O. Box 36688, Tucson, Arizona 85740...
To us, the program was a draw. Rosemary failed to come up with anything spectacular in her "cold readings" for phone-in fans. Randi, on the other hand, failed to convince Rosemary or Larry King that his million dollar offer is legitimate. Said Rosemary, "Behind every door is another door".
The text at the bottom right of the sign reads: "It is unlawful to enter this area without permission of the Installation Commander... While on this installation all personnel and the property under their control are subject to search."...
Unfortunately, in conversation with your editor, it turned out that McIntyre had not even heard of Dr. John Alexander, who is closely associated with Robert Bigelow, the wealthy Las Vegas real estate tycoon who funds NIDS. This makes us wonder if McIntyre knows what he is talking about!
Thereafter we phoned John Alexander, whom we know fairly well, and we were not surprised to learn that he had not heard of any such event at the "mystery ranch" or anywhere else. John, who calls himself "Discrete Project Scout" (whatever that means!) for NIDS, told us of two weird events that occurred at the ranch 2 or 3 years ago. One was the really gory mutilation of a newborn calf in broad daylight. The other was a night scene in which a group of supposedly reputable observers (unnamed) saw an entity crawl out of a lighted area near the ground, and walk away. Examination of the spot revealed no footprints or other clues. Egads!...
In 1999 Greer wrote a 526-page softcover book called "Extraterrestrial Contact - The Evidence and Implications". This book, marked to sell for $19.95, somehow came to us for free, and it's worth every cent of it. The publisher is Crossing Point, Inc. of Afton, Virginia.
Greer, described as "an emergency physician", heads an organization founded in 1991 called CSETI (not to be confused with SETI), which stands for the Center for the Study of Extraterrestrial Intelligence. Among Greer's supporters listed on Page 526 is Ed Mitchell, whose disclaimer you have seen earlier in this issue. Among only four other supporters listed on the same page is folk singer Burl Ives. A great singer, but we thought he was dead!
Greer wants public disclosure of the reality (?) of alien visitation, but he seems to realize that if the negative aspects, such as the abduction syndrome, were emphasized, then there might indeed be widespread panic. It is not clear how he expects to avoid this. And he naively believes that "black" projects in the U.S. will come out into the open simply because the government finally admits the reality of ETs. Greer also believes that something resembling "free energy", and other gifts from the space people, will help to bring about a nearly utopian world! This is, indeed, a very lovely dream, but there are overwhelming reasons why it is not likely to become reality.
Not the least of these reasons is the innate selfishness and narrow-mindedness of Mankind. Sorry to piss on your parade, Dr. Greer, but we at 'Smear' Headquarters are nowhere near as optimistic as you seem to be. If we are being observed by aliens, we can only hope that they are on a much higher plane than we are; but there is no proof that they are, if they exist at all! Greer's evidence is inconclusive at best, and totally misleading at worst.
The photo of Dr. Greer above is lifted from a long article about Greet in the July 2001 issue of England's wonderful "Fortean Times".
Bless you, M.V. Summers. Having read & absorbed all the information on the Cover, we refuse to read further!
This book contains ninety 8 by ll inch pages. It sells for $14.95 from the New Knowledge Library, P.O. Box 1724, Boulder, Colorado 80306. Say you read about it in "Smear", and maybe they'll give you a discount!
Dick Hall is a UFart in more ways than one. For instance, he's been around ufology for a long time, almost as long as our Esteemed Editor. In the 1950s, Dick even (gasp!) wrote for "Smear" ancestor "Saucer News". Soon after earning a degree in philosophy - something Dick's always reminding us about - he went to work for Keyhoe's NICAP, where for about ten years he ran headquarters and conducted whispering and general rudeness campaigns against NICAPers who dared question the Keyhoe Party Line.
Dick also edited "The UFO Evidence", published by NICAP in 1964. This still-valuable classic was supposed to inspire Congress to hold hearings that would expose The Truth about flying saucers. It didn't. However, along with John Fuller's "Incident at Exeter" it did get Phil "Skunk at the Garden Party" Klass started as ufology's devil. (Thanks, Dick!)
Now Dick has ejaculated a sequel, "The UFO Evidence II" ($59.95, Scarecrow Press; for MUFONites ordering directly from the publisher, $47.96). This tome takes up where "Evidence" left off, adding 30-plus years - 1964-95 - to Dick's case for taking UFOs seriously. Following the scheme of his first volume, Dick groups the evidence by categories of witnesses, patterns of UFO behavior, consistency of UFO forms, etc. In keeping with The Decline of Ufology, he also includes abduction phenomena and Roswell and other alleged UFO crash-retrievals - guaranteeing this book won't help attract favorable scientific attention to ufology, in fact, more likely the opposite. (Thanks again, Dick!)
Dick also includes several essays and shorter features by leading ufologists, including Eddie Bullard, Walt Webb, Jennie Zeidman, Mike Swords, Don Berliner (ugh!), Barry Greenwood, and Barry Downing. Most of these contributors add greatly to the value of the book, and some are significant new contributions to the ufological literature.
"UFOE, II" is cross-referenced extensively but inexpertly. The name but not the number of each section appears at the top of each section page, yet the cross references are by section number and lack page numbers. Then there's the index. It's far too short and generic for a reference work of this size (695 pp.) and complexity. On the other hand, the footnotes are decent and the bibliographies are outstanding.
Shortcomings and semi-kidding aside, this is a significant and important work, a "must have" for anyone with a serious interest in UFOs - even if it is by Dick "BA, Philosophy" Hall.
"Regarding the 'Book of Mormon', Eldon Byrd's letter ('Smear', April 25th issue) did a reasonably good job of presenting what has been the Mormon party-line on the Spalding mystery for the past 150 years, even though he got most of the fine points wrong in the process. The book which I ghosted presents new historical evidence demonstrating that every one of the Mormons' arguments is false. Rigdon did meet Smith prior to his alleged finding of the golden plates; Spalding did have more than one manuscript (the one published by the Mormons in 1886 was not the one used to create 'The Book of Mormon');and moreover, although Mormons have consistently claimed that Rigdon was not in Pittsburgh until 1822 (six years after Spalding's death), we present conclusive evidence (in the form of U.S. postal records) that he and Spalding were both there as early as 1812; that they both got their mail at the same post office; that the two men actually knew each other, and that Rigdon had a close friend, one J.H. Lambdin, who actually worked in the same printshop (!) where Spalding had been negotiating to have his book published.
"There is, of course, a lot more, and I urge Mr. Byrd (who is apparently Mormon himself) as well as others to read the book and decide for themselves. Everything is meticulously footnoted (more than 1,O00), and all referenced material is readily accessible to anyone wishing to verify it. 'The Spalding Enigma: Who Really Wrote The Book of Mormon?' is a scholarly effort to get to the bottom of a real historical mystery. No attempt is made to disparage Mormons themselves (most of whom are unquestionably good people), nor do we undertake to challenge any of the teachings of their Church except for those dealing directly with the historical origin of their allegedly holy book. For current on-line info and details on how to order a copy, please visit www.thedigitalvoice.com/enigma."
"Dear Supreme Commander:
"I am writing to encourage all of your readers to purchase a copy of Karl Pflock's book, 'Roswell: inconvenient Facts and the Will to Believe'. As someone who assisted Karl in his research of the Roswell case and helped coordinate a congressional inquiry into same, I can attest to Karl's thorough research and sound conclusions. The book should be the final word about the Roswell case. And although it may not represent THE Truth, it certainly is A truth about the UFO phenomenon, whatever it may be."
"Yoicks! It doth appear that, like Jolly Old Phil Klass, I've finally made my First and Only Ufoological Mistake. Christopher Allan is correct that Stan Friedman first began circulating the infamous Wilbert 'S S.' Smith memo in 1979, not 1982, as I mis-reported in 'PFlock PTalk', April 25th. I knew this, but no doubt due to MIB mind manipulation, I unthinkingly used the year of Arthur Bray's MUFON talk, in which he discussed Smith's not-really-Top-Secret memo. I stand by all my other Revelations. So there!"
"I just wanted to give you my new address and phone number, as well as an early scoop on my new ENCYCLOPEDIA. Publication date is Sept, 4th, 2001.
"Although not as massive as Jerry Clark's 2-volume 'UFO Encyclopedia', it is longer than my original 'Encyclopedia of UFOs' (332,000 words vs. 300,000, and 300 illustrations vs. 240), and I think more BALANCED than any UFO book ever produced. Of course, you can judge for yourself when you see it, and I will welcome your feedback.
"The new address for the intergalactic headquarters of ETEP (The Extraterrestrial Encyclopedia Project) - formerly The (Original) UFO Encyclopedia Project, founded in 1977 - is: 3540 32nd Ave. North, #114; St. Petersburg, Florida 33713."
The exact title of this book is: "The Encyclopedia of Extraterrestrial Encounters - A Definitive, Illustrated A - Z Guide to All Things Alien". The publisher is the New American Library. Your "Smear" editor is one of the many contributors to this vast tome, and we look forward to seeing it & commenting thereupon. - Editor.
"I received the article about the New Delhi 'Monkey Man' and completely went 'bananas' reading about this creature that 'no one has actually seen'. Somehow, I think that this creature, like Mothman and this 'goat sucking' monster in South America, may have something in common, i.e., crazed observers! My suggestion to the authorities would be to 'entice and trap' the beast by laying a trail of bananas to a cage or net. Then they could tranquilize the monster by reading excerpts of John Schuessler's soothing MUFON Journal article on 'Stress Management for ufologists'. I mean, it put me right to sleep when I read it!...
"The last issue of 'Smear' was a real 'hoot'...Bill Moore's remarks concerning Phil Klass' medical condition were truly 'inspirational' and 'revealing' - about Moore, not Klass! Somehow the words 'malicious' and 'cruel' come to mind, as do a few others which I cannot say, being a good Christian person, like Moore. Obviously, Brother Moore is a bit 'bedeviled' and in need of our prayers and Phil's forgiveness. Amen!..."
CASH-LANDRUM UFO INCIDENTThree Texans are injured during an encounter with a UFO and military helicopters, written by John Schuessler. A 323-page soft-cover book now available from MUFON, P.O. Box 369, Morrison, CO, 80465-0369, for $19.95, plus $2 for postage and handling.
|OUT TO LUNCH: An inebriated motorist in Liverpool phoned police to report his steering wheel, pedals and dashboard had been stolen, He rang back minutes later, saying: "Don't worry. I got into the back seat by mistake." He was later arrested, Star, 27 Feb 2001.||TORTURE TOY: The latest hit from McFarlane Toys in America is Death Row Marv, who sits fastened in an electric chair. When the switch is thrown, Marv convulses, his hands shake, his eyes dissolve into red sockets, and through clenched teeth he snorts: "That the best you can do, you pansies?" New York Post, 6 Aug 2000.|
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