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Scientist scrutinizes spooky sight

Scientist scrutinizes spooky sight
Astrophysicist out to explain — or disprove — storied Brown Mountain lights
By CATHERINE CLABBY, Staff Writer

PISGAH NATIONAL FOREST — Walking down stone steps to a stunning North Carolina mountain view, astrophysicist Dan Caton let his feelings spill out.

“I’m sure we are going to see them tonight, I can feel it in the air,” he said, before quickly backing off. “I always think that.”

After hearing countless wild stories about unexplained lights flashing near Brown Mountain, Caton, an Appalachian State University scientist, decided to hunt down their source.

The quest is rocky. After about 20 outings, Caton and his companions have witnessed nothing enigmatic near Brown Mountain just distant bobbing car lights, flashlight trails and campfires.

The scientist now wonders whether the lights made famous in books, bluegrass music, TV’s “The X-Files” and countless Internet sites exist at all.

“I’m way beyond cynicism,” Caton said. “I’m beginning to think this is just a joke, a gigantic joke.”

Still, so many others believe.

It’s tough to pinpoint when stories began circulating about the Brown Mountain lights, one of North Carolina’s best-known legends.

In September 1913, the Charlotte Daily Observer detailed two unexplained, “fiery red” lights regularly rising twice a night over the slope, located northwest of Morganton in what’s known as the Blue Ridge Escarpment.

The following month a U.S. Geological Survey worker, dispatched at the urging of a congressman from North Carolina, concluded they were merely train lights. But after a 1916 flood banished trains from the area, reports of the lights persisted. Confidence in the government explanation slipped.

In 1922, another U.S. survey man went out. He identified trains, cars and fires as sources, stressing that dense air and the angled ground near Brown Mountain refracted such lights, making them appear reddish or yellow. Such conclusions have never satisfied many local people, who have talked and gawked over the lights for generations.

“There is no doubt in our mind that there is something, some kind of phenomenon,” said Cathy Miller, postmaster of nearby Linville Falls.

Miller clearly remembers witnessing the lights decades ago while a teenager parked with a friend within view of the mountain. Repeating a description others deliver, Miller said a glowing ball flared up and seemed to float in mid-air right toward them. She could never explain its source.

Tall tales vs. science

Creepy explanations for the Brown Mountain lights abound. One story attributes them to the suffering spirits of native warriors lost in a long-ago battle. Another says they are all that remains of Native American maidens who perished searching for the slain fighters.

One tale credits the ghost of a Revolutionary War soldier who walked himself to death looking for his missing family. Yet another links the glow to the eternal suffering of a wife murdered by her husband.

But supernatural explanations don’t sway Caton, 54. He’s the type who writes letters to newspapers protesting coverage favorable to fortune tellers or astrologists.

Caton favors the scientific. He wants to observe the lights with the same tools — telescopes and spectrographs — he uses to analyze pairs of twinned stars located thousands of light years away.

First, he needs a grip on when the lights are likely to appear. That’s why Caton and Nathan Bergey, an ASU senior, lugged a boat battery, a digital video camera, a laptop computer and binoculars to a Pisgah National Forest overlook above Linville Gorge that offers a clear view of Brown Mountain.

“I want to see something I don’t understand, I want to be wowed, gee-whizzed,” Caton said after setting up at Wiseman’s View.

The plasma theory

One person who claims to have already cracked the mystery of the lights is Joshua P. Warren, an Asheville native and college dropout who considers himself a scientist.

Warren, 28, owns Shawdowbox Enterprises, a multimedia business that investigates hauntings and organizes “paranormal” tours to spooky spots such as the “Bermuda Triangle” and Irish castles where some believe ghosts dwell.

Warren said he first saw mysterious light near Brown Mountain — a red flare that floated up and then side to side — at age 13 while on a family expedition. For the past 15 years, he said, he has returned about 60 times, sometimes camping on Brown Mountain itself.

After studies with all sorts of devices — a meter that picks up weak charges in naturally occurring electrical fields, an electrosmog multidetector, infrared thermometers — Warren concluded that Brown Mountain’s geology generates plasma, a “fourth state of matter,” that produce rare balls of light.

But Warren won’t rule out unnatural possibilities, either.

“We have a place that produces so much energy naturally, it may be that it produces something ghostly sometimes,” he said.

Caton doesn’t put much stock in Warren’s research or conclusions. If Caton can ever detect the lights in a telescope, he wants to split them apart and analyze their wavelengths. That could deliver true clues to their origin, he said.

A last shot

During their last outing, Caton and Bergey had plenty of company. More than 40 high school students attending a nearby church camp showed up at Wiseman’s View.Scientist scrutinizes spooky sight
Astrophysicist out to explain — or disprove — storied Brown Mountain lights
By CATHERINE CLABBY, Staff Writer

PISGAH NATIONAL FOREST — Walking down stone steps to a stunning North Carolina mountain view, astrophysicist Dan Caton let his feelings spill out.

“I’m sure we are going to see them tonight, I can feel it in the air,” he said, before quickly backing off. “I always think that.”

After hearing countless wild stories about unexplained lights flashing near Brown Mountain, Caton, an Appalachian State University scientist, decided to hunt down their source.

The quest is rocky. After about 20 outings, Caton and his companions have witnessed nothing enigmatic near Brown Mountain just distant bobbing car lights, flashlight trails and campfires.

The scientist now wonders whether the lights made famous in books, bluegrass music, TV’s “The X-Files” and countless Internet sites exist at all.

“I’m way beyond cynicism,” Caton said. “I’m beginning to think this is just a joke, a gigantic joke.”

Still, so many others believe.

It’s tough to pinpoint when stories began circulating about the Brown Mountain lights, one of North Carolina’s best-known legends.

In September 1913, the Charlotte Daily Observer detailed two unexplained, “fiery red” lights regularly rising twice a night over the slope, located northwest of Morganton in what’s known as the Blue Ridge Escarpment.

The following month a U.S. Geological Survey worker, dispatched at the urging of a congressman from North Carolina, concluded they were merely train lights. But after a 1916 flood banished trains from the area, reports of the lights persisted. Confidence in the government explanation slipped.

In 1922, another U.S. survey man went out. He identified trains, cars and fires as sources, stressing that dense air and the angled ground near Brown Mountain refracted such lights, making them appear reddish or yellow. Such conclusions have never satisfied many local people, who have talked and gawked over the lights for generations.

“There is no doubt in our mind that there is something, some kind of phenomenon,” said Cathy Miller, postmaster of nearby Linville Falls.

Miller clearly remembers witnessing the lights decades ago while a teenager parked with a friend within view of the mountain. Repeating a description others deliver, Miller said a glowing ball flared up and seemed to float in mid-air right toward them. She could never explain its source.

Tall tales vs. science

Creepy explanations for the Brown Mountain lights abound. One story attributes them to the suffering spirits of native warriors lost in a long-ago battle. Another says they are all that remains of Native American maidens who perished searching for the slain fighters.

One tale credits the ghost of a Revolutionary War soldier who walked himself to death looking for his missing family. Yet another links the glow to the eternal suffering of a wife murdered by her husband.

But supernatural explanations don’t sway Caton, 54. He’s the type who writes letters to newspapers protesting coverage favorable to fortune tellers or astrologists.

Caton favors the scientific. He wants to observe the lights with the same tools — telescopes and spectrographs — he uses to analyze pairs of twinned stars located thousands of light years away.

First, he needs a grip on when the lights are likely to appear. That’s why Caton and Nathan Bergey, an ASU senior, lugged a boat battery, a digital video camera, a laptop computer and binoculars to a Pisgah National Forest overlook above Linville Gorge that offers a clear view of Brown Mountain.

“I want to see something I don’t understand, I want to be wowed, gee-whizzed,” Caton said after setting up at Wiseman’s View.

The plasma theory

One person who claims to have already cracked the mystery of the lights is Joshua P. Warren, an Asheville native and college dropout who considers himself a scientist.

Warren, 28, owns Shawdowbox Enterprises, a multimedia business that investigates hauntings and organizes “paranormal” tours to spooky spots such as the “Bermuda Triangle” and Irish castles where some believe ghosts dwell.

Warren said he first saw mysterious light near Brown Mountain — a red flare that floated up and then side to side — at age 13 while on a family expedition. For the past 15 years, he said, he has returned about 60 times, sometimes camping on Brown Mountain itself.

After studies with all sorts of devices — a meter that picks up weak charges in naturally occurring electrical fields, an electrosmog multidetector, infrared thermometers — Warren concluded that Brown Mountain’s geology generates plasma, a “fourth state of matter,” that produce rare balls of light.

But Warren won’t rule out unnatural possibilities, either.

“We have a place that produces so much energy naturally, it may be that it produces something ghostly sometimes,” he said.

Caton doesn’t put much stock in Warren’s research or conclusions. If Caton can ever detect the lights in a telescope, he wants to split them apart and analyze their wavelengths. That could deliver true clues to their origin, he said.

A last shot

During their last outing, Caton and Bergey had plenty of company. More than 40 high school students attending a nearby church camp showed up at Wiseman’s View.

One of the campers, Heather Crawford from South Carolina, brought two cameras to record lights she’d seen the summer before.

“It’s faint. You seem them one place over here and then they are over there,” she said, moving her hands in the air.

When the campers learned that Caton was growing skeptical that mysterious lights ever flare near Brown Mountain, they were shocked. “All I’ve got to say is that you need to have some faith,” Hannah Edwards, 20, a camp counselor from Tennessee, said before departing.

“I want to see the light,” Caton called after her.

The professor and his student remained until after midnight. They watched a sizable red moon rise from behind nearby Table Rock Mountain. Caton hooted and punched his fist into the air when an ultra-bright meteor flashed into the open sky.

But that was all.

Caton packed up disappointed. Once again, Brown Mountain yielded not one puzzle to pursue.

(Staff photographer Corey Lowenstein contributed to this report.)

Staff writer Catherine Clabby can be reached at 956-2414 or cclabby@newsobserver.com. Staff photographer Corey Lowenstein contributed to this report.

NewsObserver.com

One of the campers, Heather Crawford from South Carolina, brought two cameras to record lights she’d seen the summer before.

“It’s faint. You seem them one place over here and then they are over there,” she said, moving her hands in the air.

When the campers learned that Caton was growing skeptical that mysterious lights ever flare near Brown Mountain, they were shocked. “All I’ve got to say is that you need to have some faith,” Hannah Edwards, 20, a camp counselor from Tennessee, said before departing.

“I want to see the light,” Caton called after her.

The professor and his student remained until after midnight. They watched a sizable red moon rise from behind nearby Table Rock Mountain. Caton hooted and punched his fist into the air when an ultra-bright meteor flashed into the open sky.

But that was all.

Caton packed up disappointed. Once again, Brown Mountain yielded not one puzzle to pursue.

(Staff photographer Corey Lowenstein contributed to this report.)

Staff writer Catherine Clabby can be reached at 956-2414 or cclabby@newsobserver.com. Staff photographer Corey Lowenstein contributed to this report.

NewsObserver.com

Recent Book Additions

This is a small batch of recent addtions ranging from books acquired on recent Texas road trips. One trip through Alpine to Marfa to look for the Marfa Mystery lights and one trip to a bigfoot conference in Northeast Texas. A good bookstore in Long View, Texas was on the way to the 4th Annual Texas Bigfoot Research Conference in Jefferson, Texas. The books from the Long View store are mostly Investigative Parapolitical Science books and Metaphysical titles. At the conference several Cryptozoology books, magazines and DVDs were acquired. (Those are to be found in their respective media databases.)

Also included in this batch of acquisitions are donations from new Anomaly Archives members, as well as gifts from family and friends. At least a couple of the donations are from a huge donation from Mike Hanson. More on that donation as we catalog the hundreds of new books.

Readerware Book Catalog

Primary Perception: Biocommunication With Plants, Living Foods and Human Cells

 

Primary Perception: Biocommunication With Plants, Living Foods and Human Cells
Author: Backster, CleveISBN: 0-9664354-3-5
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Pages: 160
Paperback White Rose Millennium Pr

Hidden Memories: Voices and Visions from Within

Hidden Memories: Voices and Visions from Within
Author: Baker, Robert A.ISBN: 0-87975-684-5
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Hardcover Prometheus Books

From Book News, Inc. A psychologist offers down-to-earth explanations for various kinds of “supernatural” experiences. Annotation copyright Book News, Inc. Portland, Or. Midwest Book Review An upstate New York woman was gripped one day by the horrifying childhood memory that her father had involved her in satanic rituals. Jennifer recalled a time when she was four and was forced to witness animal sacrifices and the torture of infants. She even remembered being placed in a coffin with live snakes during these “devil parties”. Thinking of those horrors as an adult, Jennifer was astounded that years ago no one in her family seemed aware she was being abused. Similarly bizarre tales of alien abductions, satanic possessions, channeling of spirits, and memories of past lives are not only reported, but also promoted in the media each day. But are these “memories” reliable, and should they be used as credible evidence in courts?

Guide to the Salem Witchcraft Hysteria of 1692

Guide to the Salem Witchcraft Hysteria of 1692
Author: Brown, David C.ISBN: 0-9613415-0-5
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Paperback David Brown Book Company

The Marfa Lights, 2nd Edition

The Marfa Lights, 2nd Edition
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Being a collection of first-hand accounts by people who have seen the lights close-up or in unusual circumstances, and related material.

Night Orbs

Night Orbs
Author: Bunnell, JamesISBN: 0-9709249-2-5
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Paperback Lacey Publishing Company

A Primer of Psychical Researcg

A Primer of Psychical Researcg
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Ives Washburn

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Man, Myth and Magic: An Illustrated Encyclopedia of the Supernatural Volume 1

Man, Myth and Magic: An Illustrated Encyclopedia of the Supernatural Volume 1
Author: Cavendish, Richard (Editor)ISBN: 0-8393-6035-5
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The Conspiracy Reader: From the Deaths of JFK and John Lennon to Government-Sponsored Alien Cover-Ups

The Conspiracy Reader: From the Deaths of JFK and John Lennon to Government-Sponsored Alien Cover-Ups
Author: Hidell, AlISBN: 0-8065-2041-8
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Thieves in High Places: They’ve Stolen Our Country–And It’s Time to Take It Back

Thieves in High Places: They’ve Stolen Our Country–And It’s Time to Take It Back
Author: Hightower, JimISBN: 0-670-03141-0
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Hardcover Viking Books

Amazon.com Author, populist, and radio commentator Jim Hightower is nothing if not direct. In Thieves in High Places, Hightower lambastes the current American power structure and exhorts his readers to fight against it. Hightower’s indignation runs deep in this “us versus them” expos? of corporate malfeasance, governmental abuse, the militarization of American society, and the Bush administration’s empire building. In the first part of the book, Hightower illustrates how the Bush administration and Congress work with major corporations (including our nation’s vast media conglomerates) to add to their obscene wealth at the expense of America’s working class, our environment, and (most lamentably) our rights and liberties. “The elites have pulled off a slow-motion coup, radically wrenching America’s power balance from a people’s democracy to Kleptocrat Nation.” Hightower defines “Kleptocrat Nation” as “a body of people ruled by thieves…a government characterized by the practice of transferring money and power from the many to the few…[and] a ruling class of moneyed elites that usurps liberty, justice, sovereignty, and other, democratic rights from the people.” His catalogue of corporate greed and governmental complicity is breathtaking in scope, and though he admits that the fusion of business and government is not new, he persuasively states that “never have so few done so much for so few.” Unfortunately, Hightower’s serious message is delivered in such a “down home” style, it may lose its impact on the more brainy among us. Also, one wishes there were more documentation for the copious examples and facts in the book. Still, Hightower’s call to action is sincere, and his descriptions of the triumphs of average people over corporate power might give some fledgling activists some hope. Thieves in High Places urges Americans to reclaim control of our government–Hightower thinks we can with community organization and grass-roots movements. However, judging from his description of the current power structure, we are going to need all the help we can get. — Silvana Tropea Product Description: America listens to Jim Hightower. More than eighty thousand people subscribe to The Hightower Lowdown Newsletter while his radio show is aired on more than sixty public and commercial radio stations. In They’ve Stolen Our Country and It’s Time To Take It Back, he takes on the Bushites, the Wobblycrats, and the corporate Kleptocrats, digging up behind-the-scenes dirt that the corporate media overlooks-like BushCo’s “Friday Night Massacres,” what’s happened to our food, and the Bush plan for empire. But the book also offers grassroots solutions, drawing on Hightower’s Rolling Thunder Down-Home Democracy Tour, a traveling festival of rebellion against every tentacle of the corporate-politico power grab. At kitchen tables all over America, Hightower has tapped into the thriving activist networks that are our country’s grassroots muscle, and his book tells their uplifting stories of retaking control of their communities. This is the real America that the rest of the world doesn’t get to see. With his unique blend of wit and outrage, Jim Hightower “lights a prairie fire”-and it’s just the spark that his growing national audience craves.

The cycles of heaven: Cosmic forces and what they are doing to you

The cycles of heaven: Cosmic forces and what they are doing to you
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Bizarre America (Beyond Belief, No 1)

Bizarre America (Beyond Belief, No 1)
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Mysteries of Witchcraft and the Occult

Mysteries of Witchcraft and the Occult
Author: Jackson, RobertISBN: 1-57215-228-1
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Shoot-Down: Flight 007 and the American Connection

Shoot-Down: Flight 007 and the American Connection
Author: Johnson, R.W.ISBN: 0-670-81209-9
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From Publishers Weekly When Korean Airlines flight 007 was shot down by a Soviet fighter in 1983, many questions and contradictions emerged that still haven’t been answered. Johnson’s absorbing study explores the complex affair from various angles and provides a broad context, including an assessment of the strategic balance in Northeast Asia, the use of civilian airlines for espionage and the way international crises are handled by the Reagan administration. Presented here are the four major theories of what happened and why: that Flight 007 strayed off course by accident; that the pilot tried to take a shortcut to save fuel; that the Soviets lured the plane off course through electronic interference with navigational equipment; and that 007 was, as the Soviets have claimed, on a surveillance mission. In the book’s piece de resistance, Johnson reruns the sequence of events surrounding the flight as if hypothesis four were true, and most readers will likely agree that it is the only one that makes sense. Johnson is a Fellow in Politics at Oxford. Photos. 50,000 first printing. (June Copyright 1986 Reed Business Information, Inc. From Library Journal Johnson, an Oxford political scientist, reviews publicly available information on the 1983 Soviet downing of Korean Air Lines Flight 007, and critically evaluates hypotheses put forward to explain the many mysteries still surrounding the tragedy. While acknowledging that the evidence remains incomplete, he concludes that KAL 007 was most likely on a U.S.-directed intelligence mission designed to reveal Soviet air defense radarsa finding similar to that of Alexander Dallin’s Black Box ( LJ 5/1/85) and at odds with Richard Rohmer’s Massacre 747 (Paperjacks, 1984). Readers will find more detail on many points than in earlier analyses as well as an accusation of Reagan Administration dishonesty on the matter. A readable and useful contribution to the debate. Recommended for most libraries. James R. Kuhlman, Univ. of Georgia Lib., Athens Copyright 1986 Reed Business Information, Inc.

In the Domain of the Lake Monsters

In the Domain of the Lake Monsters
Author: Kirk, John, IIIISBN: 1-55263-010-2
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Paperback Key Porter Books

From the Publisher John Kirk is no stranger to skeptics and the cynical media, and is himself critical of some past lake-creature claims. He became a believer after a visit to British Columbia, where he learned of Ogopogo, a legendary denizen of Okanagan Lake. Together with the newly formed British Columbia Scientific Cryptozoology Club, he would pursue Ogopogo for years. Product Description: A fascinating survey of the “unknown animals of outlandish size” that lurk in lakes and oceans around the world, and one that will appeal to both the converted and the curious. The book includes a complete, comprehensive listing of sightings, organized by geography.

Report From Iron Mountain: On the Possibility and Desirability of Peace

Report From Iron Mountain: On the Possibility and Desirability of Peace
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UFO/FBI Connection

UFO/FBI Connection
Author: Maccabee, BruceISBN: 1-56718-493-6
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NEXUS Magazine “…a well-flowing account with fascinating case studies and asides.” Product Description: In 1966, a writer asked FBI Director J. Edgar Hoover for some information about UFOs. Hoover replied that “the investigation of unidentified flying objects is not, and never has been, a matter within the investigative jurisdiction of the FBI.” Hoover lied. The information revealed in this book (for the first time anywhere) is nothing less than shocking. In this amazing work of scholarship and research, Dr. Maccabee reveals the lies and deceit, the foolishness and the egos that have prevented you from having this simple truth. It shows that throughout the contradictions, lies and misrepresentations put forth by the government, they have known the truth: something or someone is out there. Now, you can follow this previously unpublished revelation of real government secrets.

The search for the “Manchurian candidate”: The CIA and mind control

The search for the “Manchurian candidate”: The CIA and mind control
Author: Marks, John DISBN: 0-8129-0773-6
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Phenomena: A book of wonders

Phenomena: A book of wonders
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Stray Tales of the Big Bend (The Centennial Series of the Association of Former Students, Texas a&M University, No 47)

Stray Tales of the Big Bend (The Centennial Series of the Association of Former Students, Texas a&M University, No 47)
Author: Miles, EltonISBN: 0-89096-534-X
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Tales of the Big Bend

Tales of the Big Bend
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Germs : Biological Weapons and America’s Secret War

Germs : Biological Weapons and America’s Secret War
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Amazon.com Three reporters from The New York Times survey the recent history of biological weapons and sound an alarm about the coming threat of the “poor man’s hydrogen bomb.” Germs begins ominously enough, recounting the chilling attack by the followers of the Bhagwan Shree Rajneesh in 1984 on the Dalles, Oregon–no one died, but nearly 1,000 were infected with a strain of salmonella that the cult had legally obtained, then cultured and distributed. While the U.S. maintained an active “bugs and gas” program in the ’50s and early ’60s, bio-weapons were effectively pulled off this country’s agenda in 1972 when countries around the world, led by the United States, forswore development of such weapons at the Biological and Toxin Weapons Convention. The issue reemerged in the early ’90s thanks to Saddam Hussein and revelations of the clandestine and massive buildup of bio-weapons in remote corners of the Soviet Union. The book’s description of the Soviet program is horrific. At its peak the program employed thousands of scientists, developing bioengineered pathogens as well as producing hundreds of tons of plague, anthrax, and smallpox annually. The authors conclude that while a biological attack against the United States is not necessarily inevitable, the danger of bio-weapons is too real to be ignored. Well-researched and documented, this book will not disappoint readers looking for a reliable and sober resource on the topic. –Harry C. Edwards Product Description: Deadly germs sprayed in shopping malls, bomb-lets spewing anthrax spores over battlefields, tiny vials of plague scattered in Times Square — these are the poor man’s hydrogen bombs, hideous weapons of mass destruction that can be made in a simple laboratory. In this groundbreaking work of investigative journalism, Judith Miller, Stephen Engelberg, and William Broad of The New York Times uncover the truth about biological weapons and show why bio-warfare and bio-terrorism are fast becoming our worst national nightmare. Among the startling revelations in Germs: How the CIA secretly built and tested a model of a Soviet-designed germ bomb, alarming some officials who felt the work pushed to the limits of what is permitted by the global treaty banning germ arms. How the Pentagon embarked on a secret effort to make a superbug. Details about the Soviet Union’s massive hidden program to produce biological weapons, including new charges that germs were tested on humans. How Moscow’s scientists made an untraceable germ that instructs the body to destroy itself. The Pentagon’s chaotic efforts to improvise defenses against Iraq’s biological weapons during the 1991 Persian Gulf War. How a religious cult in Oregon in the 1980s sickened hundreds of Americans in a bio-terrorism attack that the government played down to avoid panic and copycat strikes. Plans by the U.S. military in the 1960s to attack Cuba with germ weapons. Germs also shows how a small group of scientists and senior officials persuaded President Bill Clinton to launch a controversial multibillion-dollar program to detect a germ attack on U.S. soil and to aid its victims — a program that, so far, is struggling to provide real protection. Based on hundreds of interviews with scientists and senior officials, including President Clinton, as well as on recently declassified documents and on-site reporting from the former Soviet Union’s sinister bio-weapons labs, Germs shows us bio-warriors past and present at work at their trade. There is the American scientist who devoted his professional life to perfecting biological weapons, and the Nobel laureate who helped pioneer the new biology of genetically modified germs and is now trying to stop its misuse. We meet former Soviet scientists who made enough plague, smallpox, and anthrax to kill everyone on Earth and whose expertise is now in great demand by terrorists, rogue states, and legitimate research labs alike. A frightening and unforgettable narrative of cutting-edge science and spycraft, Germs shows

Bigfoot Lives: Deal With It

Bigfoot Lives: Deal With It
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The Secret Government: The Constitution in Crisis : With Excerpts from an Essay on Watergate

The Secret Government: The Constitution in Crisis : With Excerpts from an Essay on Watergate
Author: Moyers, Bill D.ISBN: 0-932020-61-5
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From School Library Journal YA– In this adaptation of the script of a 1987 public television telecast, Moyers develops a carefully articulated argument against the abuses of executive power associated with the Iran-Contra affair and the Watergate break-in. He uses a variety of expert and man-in-the-street interviews to drive home the importance of an open, public discussion of issues and of an adherence to constitutional principles and prescribed rules of conduct by elected officials in a democracy. Throughout this book, Moyers traces the historical development of government covert operations and the erosion of democratic principles associated with covert action. Students deserve access to this well-reasoned polemic against governmental secrecy in a representative democracy. Moyers leaves readers not only with the information that Oliver North and others committed indictable offenses, but also engaged in activities that undermine the fabric of our government. – Tom Irwin, Episcopal High School, Bellaire, Tex. Copyright 1989 Reed Business Information, Inc. Product Description: Based on an acclaimed PBS documentary, The Secret Government analyzes the threats to constitutional government posed by an illegitimate network of spies, profiteers, mercenaries, ex-generals and “superpatriots” who have tried, at various times, to take foreign policy into their own hands.

Truly Bizarre

Truly Bizarre
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The ultimate in the uncanny. An amazing but true collection of the weirdest people, animals, events, crimes, customs, weather, and mysteries. These are just a few of the hundreds of incredible yet totally authenticated stories of startlingly unusual people, eerie phenomena, and extraordinary events collected by a world-famous scholar of the strange and offered to you in a volume that will challenge your skepticism and shatter your disbelief.

Strike From Space: A Megadeath Mystery

Strike From Space: A Megadeath Mystery
Author: Schlafly, Phyllis and Ward, ChesterISBN:
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Paperback Pere Marquette Press

The Case for a Creator: A Journalist Investigates Scientific Evidence That Points Toward God

The Case for a Creator: A Journalist Investigates Scientific Evidence That Points Toward God
Author: Strobel, LeeISBN: 0-310-24144-8
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Category: Religion & Spirituality : Authors, A-Z : ( S ) : Strobel, Lee
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Pages: 368
Hardcover Zondervan Publishing Company

The Case for Christ: A Journalist’s Personal Investigation of the Evidence for Jesus

The Case for Christ: A Journalist’s Personal Investigation of the Evidence for Jesus
Author: Strobel, LeeISBN: 0-310-20930-7
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Category: Religion & Spirituality : Authors, A-Z : ( S ) : Strobel, Lee
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Pages: 304
Paperback Zondervan Publishing Company

The Bush Junta: A Field Guide to Corruption in Government

The Bush Junta: A Field Guide to Corruption in Government
Author: White, Mack Groth, GaryISBN: 1-56097-612-8
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Category: Entertainment : Humor : Political
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Pages: 218
Paperback Fantagraphics Books

About the Author Gary Groth is the co-founder of Fantagraphics Books and The Comics Journal. Mack White is a cartoonist whose work has appeared in The Comics Journal, Snake Eyes, and Villa of the Mysteries. Product Description: Some of the medium’s best practitioners take on the Bush Administration just in time for the election in this outraged work of comics journalism. The Bush Junta: A Field Guide to Corruption in Government is an historical account of the high crimes and misdemeanors of the presidential administration of George W. Bush, as told by an international assemblage of world-class cartoonists. This fact-based, impeccably researched work of comics journalism chronicles the Bush administration in the context of the Bush family dynasty that spawned it. Topics include: The Nazi connections of the president’s grandfather, Prescott Bush; The Bush family’s membership in Yale’s Skull and Bones Society; Former President George Bush’s connections to the CIA, the Mafia, and Big Oil; His involvement in the October Surprise and Iran Contra scandals; The Bush family’s strange relationship with the family of John Hinckley (the would-be assassin of President Ronald Reagan); The Panama Deception; The Persian Gulf War; The suspicious business practices of his Bush sons, particularly with regard to the Savings and Loan scandal of the 1980s; Young George W. Bush, his troubles with the law, his AWOL military record; George W.’s governorship of Texas; The electoral fraud of 2000 that resulted in his presidency; Unanswered questions about the terror attacks of September 11; The administration’s “War on Terror” and its erosion of civil liberties under the Patriot Act and proposed Victory Act; The oil-based motives behind the Iraq War and how the public was deceived into supporting the war; The administration’s shameful record on energy and the environment; and much more. Also included are profiles of the key players in the current administration, a rogues gallery including Dick Cheney, Donald Rumsfeld, John Ashcroft, Condoleezza Rice, and Karl Rove. Contributors to this historic comics documentary include: Alejandro Alvarez, Jaime Crespo, Kim Deitch, Jeremy Eaton, Bill Griffith, Scott Gilbert, Albo Helm, Ted Jouflas, Mark Landman, Carol Lay, Scott Marshall, Paul Mavrides, David Paleo Nunes, Ethan Persoff, Aleksandar Zograf, Larry Rodman, Spain Rodriguez, Marcel Ruyters, Kenneth Smith, Carol Swain, Seth Tobocman, Penny Van Horn, Mack White, and others. This book distills all the known facts of the Bush regimes criminality in a journalistically accurate, artistically stylish, and utterly hilarious collection.

TSOG: The Thing That Ate the Constitution

TSOG: The Thing That Ate the Constitution
Author: Wilson, Robert AntonISBN: 1-56184-169-2
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Category: Nonfiction : Current Events : Civil Rights & Liberties
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Paperback New Falcon Publications

George Carlin I have learned more from Bob than from any other source. He continues to produce intelligent, cranky, inspired thought. Product Description: WHAT IS TSOG? It’s the “Tsarist Occupational Government”, those wonderful folks in Washington B.C. (oops, sorry, that’s D.C.) who, OF COURSE, always have your best interest at heart. Of course. TSOG is Bob’s most powerful political statement to date. What is happening RIGHT NOW to human freedom? What in the world is the U.S. doing with a drug TSAR(!) who routinely and gleefully destroys millions of lives and bullies the governments of the rest of the world into prosecuting an insane war on [some] drugs? How did a Nazi spy come to have an enormous influence on current U.S. foreign policy? Will the ‘war on terrorism’ put the last nail in the coffin of YOUR rights? Would Hannibal Lecter make a better president than George W. Bush? Bob’s keen wit skewers those who are forcing us all into slavery, and warns us that there is little time left. How long will it be before Bob’s books are banned as ‘literary terrorism’?

The Ultra Secret

The Ultra Secret
Author: Winterbotham, Frederick WilliamISBN: 0-06-014678-8
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Hardcover Harpercollins

Flashback: Anomaly Archives circa early 2001

AUSTIN ANOMALY ARCHIVES

Charting The
ECCO of VALIS
Modified : 3.1.01 

     
    The Austin Anomaly Archive is currently the sole property of ELFIS (FAQs) curator SMiles Lewis. Several possible futures exist for this mass of accumulated ufo and related phenomena materials. The ever-expanding collection of over 500 books, 300+ magazines, and 100s of paper files runs the gamut of UFO information: from consciousness research to parapsychology and MORE!It is intended to be a local repository for UFO related resources eventually being housed in a publicly accessible location which may also afford space for small events. The archives are not only for the public but more specificly for researchers networking throuth the UFOU -the Visible College / Earth’s First UFO University. The Austin Anomaly Archives are also meant to serve as the main resource for UFOU’s research project known as the ECCO of VALIS.

    While providing public access to materials the archives will generate funds through Research Services beyond those offered for free to the public and UFOU networkers.

Austin Anomaly Archives Contents:

  • Book List – Alphabetical by Author
  • Book Authors Index
  • Book Subjects Index
  • FAQs – Frequently Asked Questions
  • Local Abductee / Experiencer Support Group History – SMiles Lewis
  • Magazine List – Alphabetical by Title
  • Magazine Articles Authors Index
  • Magazine Articles Subjects index
  • Research Service FAQs – Answers to Previous (Common) Research Service Questions

ELFIS Austin Anomalous Articles:

Other Austin Texas Anomalous Articles & Info:

http://web.archive.org/web/20010708033141/http://www.elfis.net/eccoofvalis/