Archive for March 2010
Edited by John Stokes
At least 38 people confirmed dead, 64 injured in suicide attacks on two Moscow subway stations.
Packed rush hour trains were attacked at Lubyanka and Park Kultury stations; two female suicide bombers suspected.
Federal Security Service blames Islamist insurgents from North Caucasus; Russian government vows retaliation.
Attacks refocus domestic political agenda on security issues, and likely renewed Russian crackdown on separatist groups.
by Parul Tandon, Krishna Meka, Pavan Bhatt, Rupi Mangat,
Veganism: To be or not to be? This is a question that many students ponder over every day. Is it bad to be vegan? Should you be a vegan and take a stand against animal slaughter? These are just a few of many things to consider before taking up veganism. A vegan diet is an extremist version of the vegetarian diet because it does not consist of any dairy products. It is important to understand how your lifestyle will change and how your body will respond to these changes. Whether you are Irish or Indian, Chinese or Japanese, American or Canadian, you may have chosen this particular lifestyle for nutritional and/or ethical reasons. Regardless of the reason, being vegan has its ups and downs.
A nutritional balance is essential for a good healthy living, which you may or may not get from vegan diets. In order to achieve this balance, it is crucial to supplement this particular diet with lacking nutrients. If implemented correctly, this modified diet can reduce the risk of disease and prolong your life like you never imagined.
So you may be wondering, what nutrients are vegans missing out on? Well, it is widely known that vegan diets usually lack nutrients such as proteins, iron, calcium, vitamin B12 and vitamin D. Furthermore, when comparing a vegan and a non-vegetarian diet, individuals on the vegan diet have been shown to have a lower protein intake. This is because in a non-vegetarian diet, protein can be obtained from animal products such as beef, chicken, fish, eggs and dairy products. Still considering this diet?
Don’t be discouraged! There are still many sources of protein in a vegan diet. It is just a matter of planning your diet according to the recommended daily intake of protein required. A vegan can obtain protein from nuts, seeds, beans, tofu and soy milk. If you still think you will not be able to obtain enough protein from these sources, why not try a protein shake or one of the abundant protein supplements out on the market.
Another key nutrient lacking from a vegan diet is iron which plays a vital role in carrying oxygenated blood to tissues in your body. Individuals on a vegan diet can maintain recommended iron levels by eating a variety of nuts, dark green leafy vegetables, and raisin bran. In a non-vegetarian diet, dairy products are the number one source of calcium for many people.
Now you may be confident about your iron intake as a vegan, but what about calcium? You might be thinking about how you would get the calcium you need to maintain those strong and healthy bones you’ve been nourishing since your early childhood. With a vegan diet, you can get your calcium intake from dark green leafy vegetables such as broccoli and firm tofu fortified with calcium. Calcium fortified soy milk and orange juice are also effective ways of obtaining calcium within a vegan diet. If that’s not enough, why not include calcium supplements with those iron ones you bought last week.
Bring on the vitamins. It is essential to realize that vitamins B12 and vitamin D are also important nutrients that vegans must be aware of. If choosing to pursue a vegan diet, one must be sure to consume these vitamins as they are fundamental to one’s body. Vitamin B12 is essential for the proper functioning of the nervous system and is only found in animal products and fortified vegan foods. To meet your body’s needs, 2-3 servings of B12 rich foods are required daily. Vegans can consume vitamin B12 fortified soy milk and veggie “meats”, that are soy or tofu based, or vitamin B12 supplements. As for vitamin D, it helps control your heart, nervous system and also aids with calcium absorption.
Vitamin D is the one nutrient not found in vegan diets. But fear not, our body is capable of producing this vitamin. That’s right, just soak up the sun for 15 minutes, 3 times a week. But be aware, during the winter months, you should be taking vitamin D supplements and also drink vitamin D fortified orange juice, soy milk or ready-to-eat cereals. All in all, a properly planned vegan diet can satisfy all of your nutritional requirements and make you a healthier individual.
But wait! If you are missing out on so many nutrients, then why convert to vegan diets in the first place? Well, ethics and religion have a major influence on one’s diet, be it from birth or later in life. Many religions often do not condone meat-eating, some even specifying a stance against the consumption of animals. The notion that all life is equal, and killing any animal is a sin is prevalent in every religion.
In Christianity, “Thou shalt not kill” is one of the ten commandments, which some see as a prescription for a vegan diet. According to Keith Akers, a Christian author, humans are stewards of God’s creation, and taking care of all that live is a “sacred task”. In fact, there is much debate as to whether even Jesus was a vegan, scholars citing that Jesus preached nonviolence and compassion for all animals . Similarly, some sects of Buddhism also teach compassion for all that live, stating that refraining from eating meat would help in the path toward enlightenment.
Hinduism preaches the policy of “ahimsa” (nonviolence), and purity of food offered to God. According to the International Society for Krishna Consciousness (ISKON), partaking of food gotten from “sin”, by killing, one would only be consuming and accumulating sin . Any food, before eaten, must be offered to God. Meat is considered an unacceptable offering, considered to be ‘tainted’. Meat-eating is further viewed as unnecessary slaughter and uncivilized.
According to James Laidlaw, a scholar on Janism, it is mandatory that all followers of the Jain religion adhere to a strict lacto-vegetarian diet, again based on the principles of ahimsa and preventing accumulation of sinful deeds. Anything even remotely associated with an animal or animal product (other than dairy) is strictly prohibited, taking care to not hurt even the smallest of animals. Jains consider a nonviolent nature one of the most important objectives in achieving liberation from the cycle of birth and death. Even some sects of Sikhism prescribe veganism as a way of life. In this way, many of the world’s major religions adhere to vegan diets based on grounds of nonviolence and compassion.
There are many who cite ethics, not religious practice, as reason to be vegans. These people object to the killing of life, and also the abusive treatment of many animals during the killing process. People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) has brought to the forefront the fragile issue of animal mistreatment in killing facilities, producing evidence of prolonged torture of these animals before death: Hens are stuffed into overcrowded cages, often suffocating within and the beaks are cut off to prevent fighting; cows are dehorned with the use of anaesthetics, castrated and branded; it is said that a million pigs die during the gruelling transport to slaughter houses every year, with a further 420, 000 crippled who do not receive medical help. It is essential to support these activists who prohibit animal cruelty for food. Why, you may ask? Well, isn’t it true that animals also feel pain in similar manners as human?
Aside from religious and ethical issues, a major cause for individuals deciding to pursue or maintain a vegan lifestyle is a result of the many health benefits that go hand in hand with a diet lacking in meats. In a study of 175 343 US men published by the American Journal of Epidemiology, it was found that the consumption of red and processed meat was positively associated with prostate cancer.
In contrast, countries with a high intake of soy in their diet tended to have much lower rates of prostate cancer when compared to countries where soy intake was low. Also, vegans have lower rates of coronary heart disease which can largely be explained by lower LDL cholesterol, probable lower rates of hypertension and diabetes mellitus, and lower prevalence of obesity – all factors that increase with the consumption of meats. Data is also strong showing that vegans are at a lesser risk for atonic constipation, alcoholism and overall have moderately lower rates of cancer than others living within the same community. Lastly, vegans when compared to meat-eaters tend to have a higher life expectancy.
So, if you want to shed a few pounds, add a couple years to your life and maintain a healthy lifestyle, then the vegan diet may just be the thing for you. We would argue that a vegan diet is the ideal choice if taken with the appropriate supplements accounting for the lacking nutrients.
by Delicious Dee
If you are seriously interested in a relationship with a Shemale you must understand the terms “top”, “bottom” and “versatile” with regard to sexual intercourse. Sexual intercourse with a shemale is anal intercourse with the exception of Shemales who have undergone sexual reassignment surgery (SRS). Such Shemales have surgically constructed vaginas with which they can engage in sexual intercourse. However, I will be discussing this matter from the point of view of a pre-op transsexual because I am a pre-op transsexual myself and according to the web poll on the right, the overwhelming majority of men who are interested in Shemales prefer Shemales who have a penis.
Most Shemales prefer to be “bottoms” during anal sex. The term bottom refers to someone who plays the passive or receptive roll during anal sex. “versatile” Shemales enjoy playing the passive and active roll during anal sex equally. In other words, a versatile Shemales would enjoy penetrating you anally in addition to being penetrated by you! Shemale “Tops” are the rarest of the three categories. Shemale tops only play the active roll during anal sex and thus expect their male partners to be totally comfortable with playing the passive roll exclusively.
I am sure you are wondering which category, yours truly, Deelicious Dee, falls under. I happen to be a versatile shemale. : )
Now will show you examples of shemales from each category using TS Dating.
Chipicosa is a typical bottom shemale
In this excerpt from her profile she says…
I WANT A COMPLETE STRONG MAN… (YOU HAVE TO BE A MAN …NOT A SISY LOL) BUT A COMPLETE BOTTOM IN BED
In her profile she describes herself as…
SEXXXY HORNY TOP & BOTTOM, “AZTEC GODDESS”MISSTRES.
VersatileTS is another versatile shemale
She describes herself as…
sexy shemale who just so happens to enjoy the company of men!!!Versatile sexy and freaky, very open minded!!!
So now that you understand the meaning of top, bottom and versatile you have to decide which type of shemale interests you. Having a clear understanding of this will make it easier for you effectively focus on the type of shemale you want and avoid potentially embarrassing misunderstandings.
Some Shemales are highly sensitive about top, bottom, versatile sexuality. As I mentioned before, most Shemales are bottoms and want their male partners to be exclusively tops. Many shemale bottoms are completely turned off by versatile or bottom men. They feel that men who are versatile or bottoms are not as masculine as men who are tops or they just hate the idea of being anything other that a bottom during anal sex. I believe they are mistaken in this view but everyone has a right to their own opinion and preference.
In my opinion masculinity is not determined by ones like or dislike of playing the passive roll in anal sex. Some of my boyfriends have been the straightest, most masculine men you could imagine and they enjoyed be penetrated by me. : )
In fact, anal sex has been steadily growing in popularity among heterosexual couples.
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by Roger Marsh
PHOTO: View of Atlanta Airport. Reference: Wikipedia
A Georgia witness near Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport reports watching a silent, white “ball of light” coming from the east and then moving north in the night sky on March 6, according to testimony from the Mutual UFO Network (MUFON) database.
The object was visible to a small group of witnesses for about one minute, and then it disappeared behind trees in the distance.
The following is the unedited and as yet uninvestigated report filed with MUFON. Please keep in mind that most UFO reports can be explained as something natural or manmade. If Georgia MUFON investigates and reports back on this case, I will release an update.
GA, March 6, 2010 – ball of light (white), bright from all angles, no blinking lights, silent. MUFON Case # 22239.
I went outside of our home to call our oldest son home from a friend’s house across the street. From our driveway, I noticed my son, his friend and his friend’s mom and dad looking at the sky pointing at something.
I looked up and saw a ball of light silently and smoothly cruising from the east in a straight line, then slowly started turning north until it finally disappeared (at least about a minute long or more, and it disappeared from view behind trees but a long way off)
I thought at first maybe it was a really bright aircraft up pretty high, but quickly dismissed that idea… (living near Hartsfield Jackson International Airport, we’re used to constant air traffic overhead our neighbourhood, and I know what that looks like).
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by Roger Marsh
Fox News 8 is reporting that a Euclid, Ohio, man has spotted UFOs over Lake Erie five nights in a row.
The news video includes a short interview with witness Eugene Erlikh. Euclid is in Cuyahoga County, population 52,717.
by John Stokes
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by Horace Carby-Samuels
As we go about our lives each day, we usually look upon ourselves as being normal and responsible persons. Therefore, we hardly give any thought to the guidance system that we draw on, as we make our decisions, about what we should do next, or about how successful we have been in what we have already done.
We also hardly pay attention to the fact that the bulk of the decisions which we make (about how and where we apply our efforts), emerge out of the guidance of the capitalist system of education and socialization, which seduces (and some would say to sucker) us, into making decisions about our lives, guided by how our wealth and financial position will change. Yet, as mortal humans, it is at targets in survival that which we should aim; because the cash-centred appraisal emphasis effectively places us in the fast track, on the road to our utter destruction (as Conscious and responsible social entities. What we need instead, is a revised appraisal focus which is oriented at how we live, rather than at how profitable commerce has been. That is because, to humans as Conscious entities, successful living means opportunities to commit our time, our efforts, and our resources, in ways that will enable the time-path (of the decisions that form) our lives as an economic space, to be more meaningful.
The prevailing Western system of formal and informal education, has conditioned us into a capitalist socialization; which has primed us to look upon our available time, as an opportunity to secure more spendable money. The message is that with such success, we may then be able to purchase more of the “trinkets”, or more of the “services” that we see ourselves as “deserving”, (and that the corporations will be offering for sale to us at a profit).
Members of the society are also conditioned to commit their time and effort to developing skills for which the earners of profit will offer high financial compensation, as the key to their economic success. However, if we put a high value on the evolution of human Consciousness, we must not allow ourselves to be seduced by the capitalist technique of leading us to guide our lives, according to the level of opportunities for financial gain that are offered. Instead, we need to see that our economic management choices, are not separate from our efforts to develop an informed Consciousness of ourselves, and of our natural environment (and how it functions).
As Conscious humans, we will be on the path to achieving effective economic development when we recognize that over any space of time, our economic achievement is not merely the flows of money (equivalent) value from our efforts or from buoyant commerce. Instead, in our respective societies we need to come to recognize that effective economic output, arises as enhanced verifiable understanding, together with flows of material outcomes in behalf of our survival in the natural environment at hand. Recognition of these economic management facts, will allow us to be better able to place ourselves in, as well as to join with any prevailing empathy-linked cosmic intelligence or reality.
If we begin to focus on achieving a higher level of awareness about our cosmic reality/existence, that offers a superior economic development prospect, than any commerce-centred outcome to which capitalist economic development management is committed. Capitalist doctrine merely offers us opportunities to be more successful chasers after money, and technological “goodies”. At th same time, that doctrine is systematically structuring strategies of education and socialization, with the aim to destroy the evolution of our human Consciousness.
Meanwhile, as we go about our daily lives we all respectively have self-images which we seek to maintain or to cherish. We go about doing so, with the use of the resource management operations to which we commit. Additionally, a complex society presents persons with opportunities to enter into a variety of trades in order to acquire the variety of goods and services which they see themselves as needing, so as to confirm, support, or maintain their self-images. Additionally, the convenience of money smooths the execution of these trading operations.
However, long before money of any sort, was either created or decided upon, humans have been daily executing another important set of non-commercial trades. These involved how persons budget the commitment of their time (among different mixes of activities) in their aim to give quality features to the experience-in-living at which they respectively aim.
Accordingly, whereas capitalist economists focus on the money economy and on the mixes of trades out of which financial earnings arise, there has also existed the real economy, where exchange for money is not involved, but where persons made decisions about alternative activities to which they will commit their time.
There is also the additional feature that ever since humans developed a sense of sentience of themselves (as a component in a larger reality), they also became conscious of the fact that they are heirs to a latent cosmic linkage; and in acknowledgement of that linkage, humans began to bury their dead From their observations about how the natural environment responded to their efforts, humans also evolved a respect for informed awareness. They also came to recognize that their choices of how and where they allocated their time, would trigger a path to information which would allow them to subsequently reconnect to their latent cosmic linkage, which their ancestors had recognized.
That commitment to time-use management in which humans participate, is the substantive real economy in the form of their opportunities for time-use selection, and for being able to access preferred mixes of time-management choices and operations as they go about living their lives. Furthermore, under their ancestral heritage, humans have also framed living-centred efficiency considerations that they apply to the process of selecting and making their time-use commitment and management operations.
For example, humans saw that in order to repeat technical results, they needed to better understand what was occurring. Historically, therefore, they began to link their ability to satisfy the quality-of-living targets (which they were aiming to pursue under the guidance of their sentience and their Consciousness), .was also linked to their effectiveness in enhancing their understanding their natural environment and how it operated..
Historically, therefore, humans have been aiming to secure the type of Human Development, in which they will be able to better survive materially, and at the same time gain enhanced understanding of their natural environment (and its autonomous rules of operation). In addition, they began to view their attainment of Human Development and an expanding of their latent cosmic linkage, as being parallel operations..
However, how people are able to live in in concert with their natural environment, is not an outcome on which capitalist economists focus in their appraisal of economic performance.. Instead, these capitalist analysts are (effective) agents of the alien consciousness which is hostile to the evolution of human consciousness, and that instead, is aiming to condition humans to keep focusing on the financial gains, as their attainment targets from their selections of time and effort commitments.
It is the ancient Gnostic scholars who had provided to us the warning about a hostile and predatory alien consciousness (such as that which is behind the promotion of capitalist doctrine) which is operating among us under various masquerades. This information was recently reported on, by John Lamb Lash (2006) in his book Not In His Image; (Chelsea Green Publishing Company).
Evidently, the prevailing predatory, hostile, alien consciousness which is behind the capitalist doctrine, aims to divert humans from including in their economic decisions (about how and where to commit their efforts), features in aup0port of their targets in Consciousness enhancement. However, our opportunity to secure a high quality-of-living, can be achieved only if we are able to use our time and effort commitments to enhance our level of understanding and awareness about our natural environment and about how it functions.
When the capitalist doctrine (as well as organized religion), operate to socialize persons to use monetary results, to orient, as well as to judge the success of their economic management efforts, these institutions are certainly not promoting Human Development objectives.
Meanwhile, the English neo-classical economist Alfred Marshall, in his 1890 book Principles of Economics, had pointed to the presence of more than monetary results at which humans aim their economic management efforts. He stressed that when people decided to change jobs, their decision was guided by their expectation of how their real income would change, rather than by what their expected money income would show. Yet, by virtue of their allegiance to the predatory alien consciousness behind the capitalist doctrine, Western economists have been systematically suppressing the recognition of the living-related results (in the form of options to make their time-use meaningful), that had influenced the real income observation of Alfred Marshall
Capitalist economists primarily focus features that buoy up the money economy where financial profits are made. They aim to get us to focus only on financial level of commerce. that arises from how the resources that exist in our natural environment are being used. As a result, they dismiss the objective economic validity of measurements of resource usage and of the outcomes from trade that are stated in other than a money-equivalent weighted terms. Not surprisingly, therefore, the economist Milton Friedman argued that, the real income (about which the neo-classical economist Alfred Marshall was speaking), is no more than the money income [of these persons], which they had [implicitly] adapted to accommodate for changes in price levels, that are due to inflation.
However, unquestionably, it is NOT any expectation of their being able to secure more money in the future, which has historically lead persons to reject suicide as being either a proper or a desirable course of time-use-commitment. Meanwhile, under the inspiration of the prevailing hostile alien consciousness, capitalist economists have used clever analytical ploys and tactics, to report the trade and exchange operations of persons as being no more than portrayals of financial-equivalent arrangements.. Yet, humans have been executing the real economy and its non-cash arrangements, ever since their first glimmer of sentience. Furthermore, as thy proceeded to manage how hey allocated their time, they recognized that the extent to which they could enhance their verifiable information about how their environment works, also contributed to their real income, and also to the understanding that would enable them to re-establish a cosmic linkage; (on their way to achieving Human Development).
Accordingly, Horace Carby-Samuels (2006) presented the book Quality-of-Life and Human Development as the Outcome from Economic Progress: (Agora Cosmopolitan Publishing; ISBN 1897036353), where he elaborated on that background. He stressed that, toward achieving their quality-of-life targets in the real economy, humans allocated their time (for living) among a mix of three categories of (not mutually exclusive) time-use operations. These time-use operations, comprise Subsistence-securing Operations/Activities; Meaning-Search Operations/Activities; and Rest and Recreational Operations/Activities.
In contrast with the capitalist focus on human economic reality, Carby-Samuels pointed out that securing Human Development, is the supreme economic achievement which Conscious humans seek (from the commitment of their time and their resources), in the natural environment at hand. He also emphasized that, in their aim to secure a high quality-of-living, (as the focus which is consistent with our ancient cosmic roots); and also toward securing Human Development, respective humans apply a living-centred economizing rule to appraise the appropriateness of their effort allocation patterns in the time-space which forms their lives..
In this non-cash focus on human (as compared to corporate) economic achievement, humans as Conscious entities, are seen as aiming to maximize the meaningfulness of their decision to remain alive. The capitalist tactic of using programs of formal and informal education, to condition humans to focus primarily on financial results, should therefore be recognized as being particularly pernicious.
In particular, when capitalist doctrine has seduced governments to use changes in financial accounting of economic output to indicate the pertinent changes in resource interface to which the members of the society have been exposed, information about the opportunities for Human Development among members of the society., will not be available to these governments. Instead, the economic development programs of such governments will promote a commercial, self-centred, fee-for-service exploitive trade, that is indifferent to the principles of empathy and mutuality (which should exist between civilized human beings).
Currently, therefore, even though the continuing world-wide downturn of production and trade was generated by disingenuous profit-seeking schemes (in the banks and near banks in the United States), the economic management plans of Western governments. represent back to promoting the profit interests of the large banks and the large corporations. Not surprisingly, too, the capitalist advisers, who are behind the Economic Reconstruction and Recovery Program of President Obama of the United States, are doing what capitalists normally do. They are principally promoting programs that will bring the commercial banks and the large corporations back into flourishing financial profitability.
The capitalist advisors of President Obama, what happens to the real income (that is, to the living-centred opportunities that become available to he members of the society, as they manage their time for living), is not an economic management priority on which the government should focus. Similarly, at the so called annual World Economic Forum, in Davos, Switzerland, the living-centred opportunities that are open to people, are not seen as a priority indicator of economic attainment .
Correspondingly, the so called G8, G20, or G?, conferences of world leaders, are not about how economic and political management in a society, may foster or promote the opportunities of persons on the planet to gain access to Human Development. Rather, these meetings and conferences are about developing mutually respected techniques and administrative regimes, within which capitalists may legitimately pillage the natural resources of the planet, toward the generating (in the name of economic development) more financial profit for their associated corporations and banks in these countries.
The remedy Route
Before any remedy can be developed, it is necessary to fully recognize and appreciate the substance of what comprises a trade environment. For example, it must be particularly borne in mind is that trading is a privilege which human societies have protected, and have fought wars to do so. In addition, to co-ordinate the execution of that trading privilege, people in their respective societies formed governments, and have then gave these governments supervisory powers, to preserve and to police trade-related matters
What must be remembered is that substantively, an economy jointly embodies and portrays administrative as well as production and exchange activity relationships. These are intended to be the initiatives that persons take in their strategies to manipulate the components of their natural environment, in their search to get mixes of results which they desire from how they allocate their time and their other scarce resources.
In conjunction with their system of governance, persons in their respective societies developed money, to facilitate their interpersonal and their inter societal trading patterns.. However, humans were undertaking effective trading (in how and where they commit their efforts), long before the invention of fiduciary currency (of the sort in which capitalist banks now deal). However, the commercial economy, where items are produced and are traded primarily to secure net financial-equivalent results. out of their market exchanges, and their fee-for-service operations, is not the only existing one..
That is because, as a result of what humans have learned over their evolutionary history, they aimed to achieve targets in understanding, and therefore to to achieve targets in Human Development as a result of how they manage the commitment of their time.
Accordingly, to continue that historical desire to achieve Human Development, we will therefore need to return our focus to our historical awareness that the real economy is where we live, and is also about how we manage the flow of the time that forms our lives, (if we aim to better understand our environment, and also to achieve Consciousness enhancement).
We therefore need to begin to free ourselves from the capitalist tactics to divert our attention to commercial (equivalent) success. We must not succumb to the capitalist “poisoning” of our sensibilities, in its aims to lead us to behave primarily as chasers after money, which we may then use to purchase the ware that are offered for sale to us by profit-seeking corporations..
Additionally, we need to demand that our governments should accept their responsibilities to begin to foster our survival (and the quality-of-living patterns that embrace the real economy). Therefore they will need to put in place a number of initiatives. They will first need to restrain the free-wheeling privileges that the commercial banks now enjoy. In particular, governments that are committed to foster qualityu-of-life enhancement must put a significant crimp on the deposit-reserve ratios, on which these commercial banks now operate.
Governments, will also need to stipulate ownership rights which will ensure that the non renewable resources of the society are available to service the quality-of-life needs of the members of the populace, rather than made accessible to be used primarily in behalf of the financial profit targets of the commercial banks and large corporations.
Americans who awaken to the recognition of their heritage as Conscious entities (who are in search of the requisite features to enhance their quality-of-living), should resist being mentally subjugated into the capitalist “plantation”, where they are accommodated as financial-seeking “serfs” who are under the implicit control of an alien consciousness. Therefore , Americans should t require that their president in his Economic Reconstruction and Recovery package, should include an emphasis on promoting the real economy, and also the quality-of-living opportunities that lead to Human Development as an outcome.
The economic management emphasis of the American president, (and also that of the heads of other Western governments) should be primarily about promoting, or about shoring up the access of members of the society to time-use opportunities that make for a higher quality-of-living. Therefore, in his Economic Reconstruction and Recovery packages, President Obama should accommodate the corporations and the banks, as being nothing more than respective legitimated economic service sectors. These service sectors, should be seen as having been given the privilege to operate (as technical infrastructure), in behalf of facilitating the quality-of-living targets of the members of the society as they pursue their (Consciousness-linked) objectives in Human Development.
Against the background of the potential for living-centred quality-of-life enhancement, the aim of capitalist doctrine to lead persons to look upon living, as being all about the opportunities for them to chase after, and to acquire more “spending money”, is pernicious. The capitalist doctrine should therefore be recognized as the humanity-destroying force that it is. intended to be.
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As a researcher and hypnotherapist I have worked with people who claimed to have been abducted by extraterrestrials. I have interviewed UFO researchers, scientists, authors, and people who claim to have secret information.
Physical evidence seems to support many case histories, though some experiences may actually be caused by dreams, mental problems, media indoctrination, or misinterpretation of what the person has seen. All leave an imprint on the psyche of the person, or persons (multiple abductions involved).
Most countries have reports of alien abductions. They occur in large cities as well as the rural areas.
Abductions occur at any time of the day or night.
Many abductions are not reported, because there is no one to tell, or the abductee fears ridicule from others, especially if they feel they have been sexually violated.
People who have been abducted many times keep journals to determine patterns or timetables. They sometimes write books about their experiences.
Abductees have tried many interesting techniques to protect themselves, but to date, I know of no one specific approach that prevents these experiences.
Abductees have reported attempts to video or photograph the events. Some abductees have experimented with infrared film. Most footage is useless.
My opinion of this experience: We are all part of a biogenetic experiment – the abduction phenomena a metaphor for the greater experience. The Grays are part of the programmed illusion as all is a virtual experience in time and emotion.
Often abductees are told that the experience is for some ‘greater good’. Always remember that anyone who does anything to you without your permission – or makes your soul feel uncomfortable – does not have your best interests at heart. Be careful what you believe.
What is abduction phenomena?
The abduction phenomenon is an umbrella term used to describe a number of hypotheses, claims or assertions stating that non-human creatures kidnap individuals, sometimes called abductees, usually for medical testing or for sexual reproduction procedures. Many such encounters are described as terrifying or humiliating, but others describe them as transformative or even pleasant. Reports of the abduction phenomenon have been made from around the world, but have perhaps seen most mainstream attention in the United States. Most abduction cases show these patterns:
- Capture (Abductees taken from room/area and find themselves in the “ship”)Examination (Probes inserted in different areas, etc.)
- Communicate (“Aliens” speak with abductees)
- Tour (Not always described but some abductees claim to be shown the ship)
- Missing Time or Loss of Time (Many abductees suffer from periods of time removed from their memory, often coming back to them later)
- Return (Returned, sometimes with environmental changes)
- Aftermath (Sickness, new phobias, ridicule, etc.)
Such alleged abductions are often closely connected to UFO reports, and are sometimes supposedly conducted by so-called Greys: Short, grey-skinned humanoids with large, pear-shaped heads and enormous, dark eyes.
Skeptics tend to doubt that the phenomenon occurs literally as reported, and a wide variety of alternate explanations have been proposed (see below). Rather, such skeptics often argue that the phenomenon might be characterized as a type of modern-day folk myth (like the historic belief in vampires).
The alien abduction phenomenon has been the subject of conspiracy theory and as such has become a staple of popular science fiction works such as ‘The X-Files.’
While few mainstream scientists believe the phenomenon literally occurs as reported – some experts contend the field is rife with kooks and pseudoscience – there is little doubt that many apparently stable and sincere persons report alien abductions they believe are utterly genuine: as reported in the Harvard University Gazette in 1992, Dr. John Edward Mack investigated over 60 claimed abductees, and “spent countless therapeutic hours with these individuals only to find that what struck him was the ‘ordinariness’ of the population, including a restaurant owner, several secretaries, a prison guard, college students, a university administrator, and several homemakers … ‘The majority of abductees do not appear to be deluded, confabulating, lying, self-dramatizing, or suffering from a clear mental illness,’ he maintained. He has encountered only one person who showed psychotic features.”
I met Dr. Mack on several occasion in the 1990’s while working as a hypnotherapist with patients of my won in that field. I was saddened to hear about his untimely death in 2004. He was a skeptic, destined to become a believer.
Stigma and self-doubt may be obstacles to more widespread study and/or reporting of the phenomenon, whatever its origins or explanation. Some abduction reports are quite detailed. An entire subculture has developed around the subject, with support groups and a detailed mythos explaining the reasons for abductions: The various aliens (Greys, Reptilians, “Nordics” and so on) are said to have specific roles, origins, and motivations. Abduction claimants do not always attempt to explain the phenomenon, but some take independent research interest in it themselves, and explain the lack of greater awareness of Alien Abduction as the result of either extraterrestrial or governmental interest in cover-up.
Others still are intrigued by the entire phenomenon, but hesitate in making any definitive conclusions. Emergency room physician Dr. John G. Miller asks, “How can a person have any firmly held belief about this when it’s so mysterious? The opinions of the true believers are hard to swallow; and the opinions of the die-hard skeptics are not based on reality either. There is some middle ground … It’s clear that this is some sort of powerful subjective experience. But I do not know what the objective reality is. It’s as if the evidence leads us in both directions.” (Bryan, 162) Similarly, the late Harvard psychiatrist John Mack concluded, “The furthest you can go at this point is to say there’s an authentic mystery here. And that is, I think, as far as anyone ought to go.” (emphasis as in original) (Bryan, 269)
Putting aside the question of whether abduction reports are literally and objectively “real”, literature professor Terry Matheson argues that their popularity and their intriguing appeal is easily understood. Tales of abduction “are intrinsically absorbing; it is hard to imagine a more vivid description of human powerlessness.” After experiencing the frisson of delightful terror one may feel from reading ghost stories or watching horror movies, Matheson notes that people “can return to the safe world of their homes, secure in the knowledge that the phenomenon in question cannot follow. But as the abduction myth has stated almost from the outset, there is no avoiding alien abductors.” (Matheson, 297)
Even hearing a tape recording of (or watching a video recording of) a hypnotic regression session can be a chilling experience, leaving little doubt to some observers that the individual is either an accomplished actor, or genuinely believes they are reliving a horrifying experience. Once hypnotized and supposedly recalling an abduction event, some people relate the event calmly, while others may beg pathetically for the event to stop, cry in apparent horror, shout angrily or tremble with fear.
Matheson writes that when compared to the earlier contactee reports, abduction accounts are distinguished by their “relative sophistication and subtlety, which enabled them to enjoy an immediately more favorable reception from the public.”
Researchers and Historic Cases
Know one knows has far alien abductions and experiments go in the history of humanity, but it would seem that these events have occurred since the beginning of time, as if human DNA is part of an ‘alien experiment’.
Some people trace alien abduction accounts to the 1930s if not earlier. Many people they go back to the time of pre WW II and Hitler’s underground projects – though no tangible proof has been given.
The so-called Richard Shaver Mystery of the 1940s has some similarities to later abduction accounts, as well, with sinister beings said to be kidnapping and torturing humans.
The UFO contactees of the 1950s claimed to have contacted aliens, but the substance of contactee narratives were often quite different from alien abduction accounts.
Neither the contactees (people who report conversations with aliens) nor these early abduction accounts, however, saw much attention from ufology, then still largely reluctant to consider close encounters of the third kind, where occupants of UFOs are allegedly seen.
The notion of being kidnapped by extraterrestrials goes back at least to the mid-1950s, with the Antonio Villas Boas case (which didn’t receive much attention until several years later).
In the early years, abductees were afraid to come forward and tell their stories. They feared ridicule by family, friends, and co-workers or government threats to keep them quiet. There were no support groups and no where to turn. As the years passed that all was destined to change.
Widespread publicity was generated by the Barney and Betty Hill abduction case of 1961 (again not widely known until several years afterwards), culminating in a made for television film broadcast in 1975 (starring James Earl Jones and Estelle Parsons) dramatizing the events. The Hill incident was probably the prototypical abduction case, and was the first in which the beings explicitly identified an extraterrestrial origin (the star Zeta Reticuli was later suspected as their point of origin.)
As the story goes … On September 19, 1961 on US Route 3 near the village of Lancaster. Barney and Betty Hill of Portsmouth, New Hampshire were traveling home after a vacation in Canada when they saw a moving light in the sky. Every now and then they would stop and check on the unusual light that seemed to “fly” an erratic course. They drove on towards the White Mountains, noting that the object was now much larger and following a parallel course to their car.
Approaching Indian Head, the light appeared directly ahead of them Barney Hill left the engine running and got out of the car to observe the strange object with a pair of binoculars. He observed what he described as “5 to 11 figures moving behind a double row of windows”.
Betty Hill, who was observing her husband from her side of the car, heard her husband repeating, “I don’t believe it! I don’t believe it! This is ridiculous!” She, however, was unable to see the figures or the descent of the UFO. The object was now approximately 70-feet overhead and about 100-feet distant when Barney Hill ran back to the car exclaiming, “They are going to capture us!”. He got back in the car and drove away at a ‘break-neck’ speed.
During this time Betty Hill was still unable to see the object but her husband thought that it was directly over the car. They heard a loud beeping noise, similar to the sound of a “tuning fork”, and then they felt very drowsy. When they awoke, they found themselves driving near Ashland, two hours later. Ashland is 35- miles south of Indian Head, a twenty or thirty minute drive. They continued their drive home, feeling somewhat uneasy and confused about their missing two hours.
The next day they reported their experience to officials at Pease Air Force Base. A few days later, an investigator from the National Investigations Committee on Aerial Phenomena (NICAP) documented both of their stories.
Their experience was far from over. Within ten days of the incident, Betty Hill began having recurring nightmares in which 8 to 11 “men” would stand in the middle of the road and stop the Hills’ car. They would then be led into a disk-shaped craft and examined.
Samples of hair and skin would be taken. Continued anxiety led both of the Hills to seek the help of Dr. Benjamin Simon, a Boston psychiatrist who specialized in treating personality disorders and amnesia through hypnotherapy, which was becoming popular.
Their treatment lasted for six months. With time regression hypnosis, many details of their encounter were revealed. The detail in which both Hills described their abductors and the subsequent examination matched closely to each other as well as to Betty Hill’s nightmares. Betty Hill, under posthypnotic suggestion, was able to draw a “star map” detailing the origin of the alien abductors. The amazing configuration of Betty’s map was not to be realized for some years.
An astronomical investigation, based on information that was not available in 1961, produced a controversial match between Betty’s “star map” and a cluster of previously unknown stars near two stars called Zeta Reticuli.
Dr. Simon later stated that his professional opinion of the Hill’s abduction account was that it was mere fantasy. As a prominent Boston psychiatrist, it would be particularly damaging to his reputation to ‘believe’ that the Hill’s story was anything but a product of their collective imaginations. His reasoning for his conclusion was that “people do not necessarily tell the factual truth while they are under hypnosis – all they tell is what they believe to be the truth.
Researchers I Worked With
Through the years I spent time with some of the notables in UFO research, hardworking people whose destiny it was to unfold the mysteries of the alien abduction scenario and its effects on humans. As a hypnotherapist I have similar stories to report as my fellow researchers. I was never abducted nor have ever encountered a gray alien … so far.
Josef Allen Hynek (May 1, 1910 – April 27, 1986) was a U.S. astronomer, professor, and well respected ufologist in the old days. He also as scientific advisor to Project Blue Book from 1952 to 1969. In response to many Unidentified Flying Object sightings, the U.S. Air Force established Project Sign in 1948; this later became Project Grudge, which in turn became Project Blue Book in 1952. Hynek was contacted by Project Sign to act as scientific consultant for their investigation of UFO reports. Hynek would study a UFO report and subsequently decide if its description of the UFO suggested a known astronomical object. Hynek was the founder and head of the Center for UFO Studies (CUFOS). Founded in 1973 and based in Chicago, CUFOS is an organization stressing scientific analysis of UFO cases. CUFOS extensive archives include valuable files from civilian research groups such as NICAP, one of the most popular and credible UFO research groups of the 1950’s and 1960’s.
Dr. Leo Sprinkle, a University of Wyoming psychologist, became interested in the abduction phenomenon in the 1960s. For some years, he was probably the only academic figure devoting any time to studying or researching abduction accounts. Sprinkle became convinced of the phenomenon’s actuality, and was perhaps the first to suggest a link between abductions and cattle mutilation. Eventually Sprinkle came to believe that he had been abducted by aliens in his youth; he was forced from his job in 1989.
The 1980s brought a major degree of mainstream attention to the subject.
Budd Hopkins – a painter and sculptor by profession – had been interested in UFOs for some years. In the 1970s he became interested in abduction reports, and began using hypnosis in order to extract more details of dimly remembered events. Hopkins soon became a figurehead of the growing abductee subculture. he lives and works here in NYC. Works by Budd Hopkins, Whitley Strieber, David Michael Jacobs and John Mack presented alien abduction as a genuine phenomenon; the very popular X Files television program featured alien abduction as a central theme.
I met Budd Hopkins at a MUFON meeting in Manhattan in June 1989 then spoke with him several times after that. His support group Intruders still exists and several of my clients work with his hypnotherapist as part of ongoing abductions.
The mid and late 1980s saw the involvement of two esteemed academic figures: Harvard psychiatrist John Mack and historian David Michael Jacobs. With Hopkins, Jacobs and Mack, several shifts occurred in the nature of the abduction narratives. There had been earlier abduction reports (the Hills being the best known), but they were believed to be few and far between, and saw rather little attention from ufology (and even less attention from mainstream professionals or academics). Jacobs and Hopkins argued that alien abduction was far more common than earlier suspected; they estimate that tens of thousands (or more) North Americans had been taken by unexplained beings.
Furthermore, Jacobs and Hopkins argued that there was an elaborate scheme underway, that the aliens were attempting a program to create humanalien hybrids, though the motives for this scheme were unknown. There were anecdotal reports of phantom pregnancy related to UFO encounters at least as early as the 1960s, but Budd Hopkins and especially David Michael Jacobs were instrumental in popularizing the idea of widespread, systematic interbreeding efforts on the part of the alien intruders.
Despite the relative paucity of corroborative evidence, Jacobs presents this scenario as not only plausible, but self-evident. Hopkins and Jacobs have also been criticized for selective citation of abductee interviews, favoring those which support their hypothesis of extraterrestrial intervention.
The involvement of Jacobs and Mack marked something of a sea change in the abduction studies. Their efforts were controversial (both men saw some degree of damage to their professional reputations), but to other observers, Jacobs and Mack brought a degree of respectability to the subject.
Dr. John Mack was a well known, highly esteemed psychiatrist, author of over 150 scientific articles and winner of the Pulitzer Prize for his biography of T.E. Lawrence. Mack became interested in the phenomenon in the late 1980s, interviewing dozens of people, and eventually writing two books on the subject. Mack was somewhat more guarded in his investigations and interpretations of the abduction phenomenon than the earlier researchers. Mack notes when alternative interpretations are viable; throughout Abduction, his first book on the subject, he allows and even considers likely that alien abductions are a new type of visionary experience.
I would agree with Matheson that unlike earlier abduction researchers, Mack was generally quite cautious in his interpretations of physical evidence and corroborative testimony. He places little value in the scars and scratches often attributed to alien “medical” exams, and argues that trying to prove the actuality of alleged “implants” placed in abductees is largely a futile effort. Mack argued that the abduction phenomenon might be the beginning of a major paradigm shift in human consciousness, or “a kind of fourth blow to our collective egoism, following those of Copernicus, Darwin and Freud.” (Bryan, 270) Mack also noted that, after an initial period of terror and confusion (a phase he dubbed “ontological shock”), many abductees ultimately regard their experiences more positively, saying that their experiences broadened their consciousness.
In June 1992, Mack co-organized a five-day conference at MIT to discuss and debate the abduction phenomenon. The conference attracted a wide range of professionals, representing a variety of perspectives. (In response to this conference, Mack and Jacobs were awarded an Ig Nobel Prize in 1993). Writer C.D.B. Bryan attended the conference, initially intending to gather information for a short humorous article for The New Yorker. While attending the conference, however, Bryan’s view of the subject changed, and he wrote a serious, open-minded book on the phenomenon, additionally interviewing many abductees, skeptics, and proponents.
The Roper Poll — In 1991, Hopkins, Jacobs and sociologist Dr. Ron Westrum commissioned a Roper Poll in order to determine how many Americans might have experienced the abduction phenomenon. Of nearly 6,000 Americans, 119 answered in a way that Hopkins et al interpreted as supporting their ET interpretation of the abduction phenomenon. Based on this figure, Hopkins et al estimated that nearly four million Americans might have been abducted by extraterrestrials. The poll results are available at this external link: The Roper Poll: UFOs & Extraterrestrial Life, Americans’ Beliefs and Personal Experiences However, critics have argued that there were significant problems with the poll’s methodology which should invalidate the results. Writing in Skeptical Inquirer, psychologist Susan Blackmore notes that based on her analysis, “I conclude that the claim of the Roper Poll, that 3.7 million Americans have probably been abducted, is false.”
Interpretations, Analyses and Proposed Explanations
As a UFO researchers I have heard most of these conclusion and find them viable.
There have been a variety of explanations offered for abduction phenomena, ranging from sharply skeptical appraisals to uncritical acceptance of all abductee claims. Others have elected not to try explaining things, instead noting similarities to other phenomena, or simply documenting the development of the alien abduction phenomenon.
- Some have argued that alien abduction is a literal phenomenon: extraterrestrials kidnap humans in order to conduct studies or experiments. This is a well-known popular explanation, but has seen very little support from most mainstream scientists or experts.
- Proposed psychological alternative explanations of the abduction phenomenon have included hallucination, temporary schizophrenia, and parasomnia – near-sleep mental states (hypnogogic states and sleep paralysis). Sleep paralysis in particular is often accompanied by hallucinations and peculiar sensation of malevolent or neutral presence of “something,” though usually people experiencing it do not interpret that “something” as aliens. Occasionally the abduction phenomenon is also theorized to be a confused memory of past events (such as sexual abuse).
- It is possible that some alleged abductees may be mentally unstable or under the influence of recreational drugs, though, as noted above in one sampling of abductees studied by Mack, only a very small minority are anything other than “ordinary” people without obvious mental illness.
- Especially criticized as unreliable is frequent reliance on hypnosis. It has been demonstrated that false memories are often very easily created, and that hypnosis can unintentionally aid in confabulation. Some abductees, however, report vivid, detailed accounts without hypnosis.
- UFO researcher Jenny Randles cited “an interesting study in which individuals were asked to describe imaginary alien abductions.” (Bryan, 49) If these invented scenarios were similar to allegedly genuine abduction accounts, it might demonstrate that supposedly genuine accounts were indistinguishable from invented accounts. The study, however, found little in common between the two types of narratives. Bryan writes “Randal¹s findings strike me as significant: people who are asked to describe imaginary abductions do not come up with the scenarios, sequences or Beings described by the overwhelming majority of abductees. The ‘medical examination,’ such a major, recurring aspect of the abductees stories, is entirely absent from the imaginers accounts.”
- Many events reported during purported abductions often have parallels in anthropology, folklore and religion – especially frequently correlate with certain imagery persistent in shamanic experiences (e.g., surgery-like procedures, foreign objects implanted in the body) and faerie contact stories, for instance. John Edward Mack, for one, suggested that modern abduction accounts should be considered as part of this larger history of visionary encounters.
- Astronomer Carl Sagan wrote about the theory that the alien abduction experience is remarkably similar to tales of demon abduction common throughout history. “…most of the central elements of the alien abduction account are present, including sexually obsessive non-humans who live in the sky, walk through walls, communicate telepathically, and perform breeding experiments on the human species. Unless we believe that demons really exist, how can we understand so strange a belief system, embraced by the whole Western world (including those considered the wisest among us), reinforced by personal experience in every generation, and taught by Church and State? Is there any real alternative besides a shared delusion based on common brain wiring and chemistry?”
- Terence McKenna described seeing “Machine Elves” while experimenting with Dimethyltryptamine (also known as DMT). The description of Machine Elves is often consistent with the description of “grey” aliens. In a 1988 study conducted at UNM, psychologist Rick Strassman found that approximately 20% of volunteers injected with high doses of DMT had experiences identical to purported Alien Abductions.
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by Geraldo Fuentes
In the typical "alien abduction," the victim is paralyzed by some unknown force, taken to a small circular room, and then examined and probed by a number of large-eyed, gray skinned, hairless, short creatures. Tissues and cells are sampled and subcutaneous implants are often installed. Special attention is focused on the genitals and rectum. This involuntary examination is often supervised by a larger non-human creature, sometimes described as female. The abductees are then returned to their beds or automobiles and awake with no memories of the encounter. If they notice anything at all, it is usually that some time has mysteriously passed.
This abduction story has been described by hundreds of people who have been placed under hypnosis by psychiatrists, psychologists and other therapists. Victims come from all corners of the globe and from every age, gender and race. For every abductee whose recollection has been liberated in therapy, there are many more who remain totally unaware of their routine encounter with aliens.
The amnesia induced by aliens is highly effective, but it comes at a price. Horrific memories can eventually emerge in vivid dreams. In fact, many victims recall being told that they will remember the abduction as "just a dream." Even with effective amnesia of the events, as this paper will show, abductees have other symptoms that can betray their unusual experiences.
John Mack, M.D., a Professor of Psychiatry at Harvard Medical School is familiar with these symptoms. His careful documentation of abductees began with his clinical exposure to what is today known as Post-traumatic Stress Disorder. This collection of symptoms can vary from strange nightmares, in which vignettes of the abduction are remembered, to full-blown and detailed recollections of the entire examination. This delayed recollection of painful memories was first seen in Vietnam veterans who repressed gruesome memories of death and the carnage of war. Abductees differ in that their memories are of personal suffering which, in many circumstances, is ongoing.
A helpful treatment for Post-traumatic Stress is the effective release of these pent-up memories through hypnosis. Dr. Mack utilized this technique almost a decade ago when patients began to seek treatment for strange, frightening dreams of big-eyed monsters, involuntary physical examinations and large chunks of forgotten time. Under hypnosis, many different patients recalled similar abduction events in great detail. Dr. Mack's patients were not faking their memories, nor did they want to believe in aliens. These first patients described their experiences long before the media made abduction stories a source of entertainment. Most just wanted relief from the nightmares and some explanation of the odd images that terrified them or made them feel "crazy." Regression therapy for abductees, like Vietnam veterans, provided some relief.
With the passing of time, an increasing number of adults were being referred to Dr. Mack by therapists who felt uncomfortable with the stories that were being recalled in therapy. It seemed clear that a growing number of Americans had been periodically abducted and examined by someone or some-"thing," and that it had been going on since their childhood. Robert Bigelow, a pioneer with Dr. Mack, was documenting the abductee phenomenon. He was curious to know exactly who the "typical" victims of this dangerous research were, and why they were chosen.
The Roper Organization
The American population is vast. With about 350 million people in the last official census, this "melting pot" contains so many races, cultures, ages and economic strata, that it is a major undertaking to find any common denominator with a traditional random sample.
When a big company, like Coca-Cola or Proctor and Gamble, decides to market a new product, the company seeks the views of the "average American" and designs its product and marketing strategies to have the widest popular appeal. A random survey is not reliable enough when millions, or billions, of dollars hang on the success of accurately reading the minds of the American populous. That's why large companies often look to The Roper Organization.
Based in New York City, The Roper Organization spends more time deciding from whom they will solicit opinions than they do asking the questions on their nation wide Limobus(TM) survey. Their demographics go far beyond the random selections based on age and gender. Roper's sample populations contain the precise percentages of each ethnic group, political affiliation and education level as is reflected in the most recent census data. From a relatively small sample, The Roper Organization can determine the preferences of hundreds of millions of American individuals. Also, their data base can often reveal subtle psychological factors that not only tell a marketer not if his product has appeal, but why.
The Limobus survey can contain hundreds of questions from a variety of companies. Subjects in their special populations are asked about their laundry, their musical tastes, their food preferences-- all mixed together with no clue as to the purpose or intent of the inquiries.
Beginning in 1992, Robert Bigelow, and an anonymous financial partner, formed The Bigelow Holding Company and inserted their own special questions in three separate Limobus surveys to learn both the number and character of alien abductees in America.
The Limobus survey questions
Since most successful abductions involve amnesia, Bigelow realized that he couldn't just ask subjects if they had been abducted by aliens. Also, since the questions would be asked in person, by an examiner, he doubted that anyone would want to admit to such an inquiry for fear of being labeled "crazy." But Bigelow knew that abductees, even before their memories were released, had certain events that they remembered and were likely to admit. These events were not shared by non-abductees.
He worked with abduction therapists to carefully craft a list of "positive indicators" and these questions were intermixed with inquiries about the scent of laundry soap, the preferred sweetness of ketchup and a number of other inquiries in three Limobus surveys.
Pre-testing the indicators had assured Bigelow and his team that they could discriminate between true victims of alien abduction and non-abductees with over-active imaginations. Positive responses to specific questions would definitely indicate an abduction had occurred. The test also had built-in questions to detect fraud. For example, a positive response to "Do you remember seeing or hearing the word TRONDANT (a word Bigelow had made up) and knowing it has a special significance to you?" would automatically eliminate the subject from consideration, regardless of other indicators.
The surprising results
The results of the Roper survey took them by surprise. The report was published and confidentially distributed to every member of The American Psychiatric Association. Thereafter it made its way to clinical psychologists and other therapists dealing with post-traumatic disorders.
Roper's representative American sample of about 6000 adults (with a sampling error of 1.4 percent!) showed that one out of every 50 people met the profile of an abductee. This figure suggests that about 33,000,000 individuals had been abducted in America. A closer look at these specific profiles showed that these people were not "average" at all.
Who is being abducted?
The Roper Organization's previous statistics showed that about one percent of all American adults could be placed into a category they termed "influentials." Influentials were adults, ages 35 to 45, who had higher than average incomes and held positions of political or social authority. They were "trend setters," defining morality and public policy. They were leaders rather than followers. Roper surveys regularly focused on this group for a variety of clients who valued their opinions. The new survey results showed that a surprisingly large number of these "trend setters" seemed to have been abducted.
While the details of the abductee profile are best left undefined for the purposes of future diagnosis and treatment of post-traumatic syndrome, the Roper analysis showed the following positive responses to be unique:
- Do you remember ever seeing a ghost?
- Do you remember feeling as if you left your body?
- Do you remember seeing a UFO?
- Do you remember waking up paralyzed with a sense of a strange person or presence or something else in the room?
- Do you remember feeling that you were actually flying through the air although you didn't know how or why?
- Do you remember having seen unusual lights or balls of light in a room without knowing what was causing them?
- Do you remember having seen, either as a child or adult, a terrifying figure-- which might have been a monster, a witch, a devil, or some other evil figure-- in your bedroom or closet or somewhere else?
- Do you remember experiencing a period of time, an hour or more, in which you were lost, but could not remember why or where?
- Do you remember having vivid dreams about UFO?
Do you remember finding puzzling scars on your body and neither you nor anyone else remembering how you received them or where you got them?
Certain types of scars or blemishes can follow an abduction.
(Right) A "scoop" in skin, A, appears as a non red depression and is often adjacent to a hard subcutaneous bump, B.(Ruler shows centimeters.)
The conclusions of The Roper Organization
"The Roper Organization's research on behalf of Bigelow Holding Company produced results that were unexpected by Bigelow Holding Company; chiefly because the number of people reporting occurrences of items on the list far exceeded what was anticipated, and also because the answers cut across most demographic subgroups... It is clear that significant numbers of people do report that these unusual events occurred, independent of any factors in the survey that might increase responses." [Copies of the report, Unusual Personal Experiences, may be available through The Roper Organization, 205 East 42nd Street, New York, NY 10017]
Why are abduction taking place?
The report suggested that abductees were selected across gender and ethnic lines, with a larger number than expected falling into the "influential" group. The preference for people with higher education and social awareness may be coincidental, or it may reflect a concerted effort to examine the genetic potentials of these human characteristics.
The larger than anticipated number of Americans who fit the abductee profile is difficult to understand. For this figure (33 million) to be true, the frequency of abductions taking place would surely have resulted in more conspicuous activity on the part of the "abductors." We would expect that there would be more witnesses to these abductions. However, if this activity is being conducted by a non-human, superior life form, then its methods of covert action might escape detection.
The focus of attention on skin samples and reproductive organs seems to suggest an interest in human anatomy and reproduction. If the examinations are for the benefit of the human species, the methods of involuntary intrusion and the subesequent post-trauamtic stress that many victims report, is suspicious. The effort to produce amnesia is largely successful, as this study has shown. This could support a theory that the abductors have a more comprehensive understanding of our minds than we have of ourselves. It could also indicate a genuine consideration for our well-being, similar to our use of tranquilizers when examining endangered animal species. It could well be that the abductors have a similar mission with our species.
Therapy for abductees
Abductees generally suffer from both a physical violation (similar to being raped) and psychological isolation that results from being afraid to admit-- even to themselves-- the validity of their abduction memories. This is further complicated by the reality that these events are likely to continue into the future. Dr. Mack and other therapists believe that it is important that therapists do not consider recollections of alien abductions as "crazy." He suggests that successful therapy for victims of this terrifying experience requires that repressed memories be acknowledged and accepted as true, regardless of the personal belief (or disbelief) of their therapists. Patients seem to be able to recover some sense of control over their lives when these disclosures are allowed valid expression.
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