Sunday, December 24, 2023

“Deeply Disturbing Stuff” – Can The Truth Ever Be Told?




“Deeply Disturbing Stuff” – Can The Truth Ever Be Told?

By Scott Corrales © 2023

A disclosure by media commentator Tucker Carlson, bearing no relation to partisan politics, was lost in news of war in the Middle East, the danger to shipping, and earth changes. Appearing on the December 12, 2023 edition of the Redacted news program on You Tube, Carlson astonished many by stating that there were aspects of the UFO phenomenon that were troubling due to their dark nature. "There is a spiritual factor I can't fully understand," he said, going on to say that these aspects were sufficiently disquieting as to make the subject one to be avoided. "Deeply disturbing stuff."

One would hope that this forbidden knowledge would be tantamount to a battleship salvo fired at the extraterrestrial hypothesis (ETH) and its obsession with marrying the phenomenon to alleged technological civilizations across the galactic gulfs. Astronomical surveys have thus far come across five thousand planets without finding signs of life, much less a star-spanning culture. Or, as other modern thinkers have suggested, a single civilization emerges at a time, only to flicker and die before being replaced by another, and a future space bound humanity may someday find their ruins.

In his 1975 opus The Mothman Prophecies, the late John A. Keel wisely observed that the ancients had found a solution to the enigma. "Three thousand years ago," he wrote, "a small group of brilliant men investigated and solved the mystery of unidentified flying objects. Since then, a great many others have approached the same mystery from different perspectives and solved it over and over again."

Keel then goes on to mention ancient encounters with unknown quantities that were ascribed to demons. "Early investigators," he continues, "eventually concluded that such demons did not really exist, even though they often left footprints behind and caused physical damage. They coined the word khimaira (chimera) to describe them."

Using Keel as a springboard, Salvador Freixedo would elaborate on the uncanny but terrestrial nature of the phenomena, aligning it with the interdimensional hypothesis for its origin. The late Jesuit thinker proposed   existence of a "hierarchy" of superhuman and subhuman beings native to other levels of existence that sometimes intersect with our own. Some of the more powerful beings enter our reality at will, interacting with us through various mechanisms, which we have come to describe as apparitions, visions, miracles, etc. The chilling part of his line of thought is that, despite their seemingly unlimited power, these godlike entities to want something from humans: they desire the subtle radiation produced by the human brain in either ecstasy or in pain, as well as the energy released through the burning of animal and vegetable material. UFOs are the latest manifestation of this order of entities that can truly be called our overlords. One can understand why such a disclosure would truly terrify the population, as opposed to a statement regarding sentient creatures from another planet.

Going a step beyond Freixedo, Spain's Pedro Valverde and Ramón Navía expressed the belief that UFOs were "an extraplanetary force interferes in human affairs and with human minds, thwarting natural evolution since the beginning of time." Valverde elaborated on this notion by adding: "An intelligence that needs a certain mental activity and a support-vehicle-body that isn't necessarily a dense physical structure [...] these intelligent creatures have taken advantage of our need to believe in something greater than ourselves, and our belief in a spiritual level, in order to usurp its functions. If we manage to understand their goals, it may be possible to avoid being manipulated by them." UFO manifestations - from this perspective - would simply be "one of the multiple facets of a plane of existence or hidden universe, alien to our material world."

In the anxiety-ridden, emotionally fragile 2020s, one can imagine such a line of thought could easily result in mass upheaval. In any event, crossing the barrier between dimensions should be as impossible for 'them' as it would be for us, requiring inconceivable amounts of energy. Then again, it appears that contact with these other levels of existence has always been possible from certain areas of our world dubbed vortexes, window areas, and a host of esoteric names.

Chilean author Jorge Anfruns, writing in his book Ovnis, Extraterrestres y Otros Encuentros provides a number of cases from the 1970s and 1980s supporting this possibility.

"Encounters with extra-dimensional cities," he explains, "are another story in the folklore of [northern Chile]. I have spoken with several bus drivers belonging to northern transportation lines who claim to have driven through well-lit cities - cities that are not there during the return trip. Cities that do not appear on any map. Others claim that buses and their passengers have vanished altogether, including a truck with over twenty tons of dynamite, which flummoxed even the Chilean intelligence services." The high concentrations of iron and copper in Northern Chile, says Anfruns, always led to the belief in magnetic aberrations that could be the answer to the enigma, much like the mineral concentrations of Spain's Mt. Canigó affect aircraft. "It could be that other dimensions are as hectic as our capital city on a Friday at noon," quips the author. "The doorways to these other dimensions are not handled by humans - they only open from the inside. A strange inequality of opportunity that we experience with every passing second."

Some of these Chilean cases are as disturbing as they are fascinating: the 1976 experience of a man known only as Don Carlos, whose Chevy pickup truck is suddenly attracted by a strange force from a bleak desert track to "a city that was not on the map"; a fishing boat captain irresistibly pulled to a distant shore with a strange city in which he spends the night before being sent away by tall half-human creatures, taking with him a golden teaspoon as a keepsake of the experience, which he will later sell to buy a new fishing boat; a jobseeker in the big city who all at once finds himself inside a metallic structure or craft and given an admonition about his future, only to find himself sitting on a park bench by a subway station, with five and a half hours of missing time to account for...

Science fiction author Frederic Brown's words will serve as a summation: “There are an infinite number of universes in which we do not exist, that is to say, no creatures analogous to ourselves exist. Moreover, there are universes in which mankind does not exist at all. Infinite universes in which flowers are the predominant life form, or in which no form of life ever developed or will develop. Also infinite universes in which the phases of existence are such that we lack the words or thoughts to describe them or imagine them."

Try telling that to the man on the street.

Saturday, December 23, 2023

Tropic of Darkness: UFOs and the Paranormal



Tropic of Darkness: UFOs and the Paranormal

By Scott Corrales © 1991

The paranormal origin of UFOs has been traced by some to a series of invocations not unlike those in santería. Activities associated with witchcraft of any sort often involve "ancillary" phenomena like unexplained lights in the sky at night, the appearance of monsters and strange creatures and the wholesale slaughter of livestock, which is usually attributed to the depredations of vampires, etcetera.

If a correlation between witchcraft activity and UFO manifestations does indeed exist, then Puerto Rico becomes an ideal place to study it. As mentioned earlier, the increase in Santería-related activity (the cautionary term "related" is used here because an offshoot of Santeria--Mayombería--is probably more likely to be the cause) rose in almost direct proportion with UFO sightings and mutilations.

The tireless work of the CEOVNI group, led throughout the 1970s by Sebastian Robiou, author of the book Manifiesto Ovni, gathered a wealth of information and photographs during this period, which remains memorable not only for the mutilations and UFO activity, but also for the religious phenomena took place.

A 1988 report from the Laguna Cartagena area stated that the witness saw two humanoids "in what appeared to be uniforms" guiding a large, hairy simian being. The trio "disappeared into the ground." Reports in a local tabloid, El Vocero, point to the depredations of a "mandrill" among the livestock of many farms on different parts of the island, an explanation sanctioned by the authorities as the reason for the strange mutilations. It is more than likely that the real culprit is a "big hairy monster", as opposed to an itinerant mandrill.

A strange entity terrorized a suburb of San Juan known as Rexville since July of 1991. Mr. Eduardo Velasco returned home one day to find that the rabbit hutches in his back yard--containing twelve adult rabbits and six newborns--were torn apart with unimaginable violence. The bunnies were hideously dismembered. Whatever it was that had done the deed tore through the resistant wire to get to the animals. The agitated owner stated that "some diabolical creature" had to be the cause for the sad scene of destruction, reporting the presence of globular lights.

Could this be one of the globular lights that appear to be endowed with a form of intelligence and are capable of outright malice, christened by Spanish researcher Salvador Freixedo as REPQEN? (Residual Psychic Quasi-Intelligent Energy). In the book Visionaries, Mystics and Contactees, Freixedo points out a singular case of this nature: an elderly woman in a suburban Puerto Rican house was alerted in the early evening by the furious barking of her dogs. The woman, fearing a burglar, cautiously went so see what made her dogs bark so, and to her astonishment, she saw that they were barking at an apelike entity which clung to the top of a palm tree in her yard. The by no means small creature had a menacing air to it, and stared at her fixedly through fiery eyes. The creature then began to shrink and turn into an incandescent sphere which rose into the heavens. All of this was too much for the lady, who suffered a stroke as a result.  

Freixedo, who lived in Puerto Rico at the time, heard on the local radio that a cattle mutilation had taken place in the small town of Moca. Pigs, geese, calves and goats had died mysteriously overnight. He drove to the site and confirmed that the wounds typical to all mutilations were present. The animal's owner was terrified at one salient fact: the lack of blood. The two geese, in spite of the whiteness of their plumage, did not betray a single spot of blood spilled during the extraction process. But the owner, and other farmers who had also suffered losses, recalled seeing lights in the sky the previous evening, describing them as similar to "those on top of a police car". Freixedo later visited a site where a cow had been coldly mutilated and left bloodless. The animal's owner stated that his guard dogs had barked furiously the preceding evening, and that the cattle had been running from one end of the field to another as if eluding capture by something. Freixedo also makes note of a circumstance that has come to the foreground in Stateside mutilation cases--the dead animals are often found the following morning in places where they could not have possibly reached by themselves, such as isolated valleys, steep mountainsides, etc.

Mysterious birds have staged a return during the 1990s wave of UFO sightings connected to the still-unexplained events at Laguna Cartagena, a body of water on the southwestern edge of the island. A resident of a community close to the lake reported seeing a "hideous" 4-foot tall bird perched upon a metal fence. The singular creature had leathery wings, scales, a horned head and barbed wings. Man and mystery bird looked at one another warily until the latter spread its wings and took to the air, disappearing into the warm tropical night. The witness produced a sketch of what he had seen, and it looked like a pterodactyl, to all extents and purposes.

In the late 1970s and early 1980s, a backlash against santería and all non-Christian worship was spearheaded by a number of fundamentalist ministers, among them Yiye Avila and Reverend Jorge Raschke, who envisioned their preaching as a crusade to "evict the devil" from Puerto Rico. In a narrow sense, their campaign was aimed against Santeria, and resulted in a dramatic increase in converts to fundamentalist assemblies. Many practitioners cast aside their beliefs and atoned while others moved to Florida or remained in tight groups. UFO activity, incidentally, was almost minimal during this period. These evangelists were also convinced that UFO activity was demonic and decried contactees, ufologists and parapsychologists. A great number of paranormal experiences probably went unrecorded due to the negative religious significance attached to UFOs. Many "confessional" experiences broadcast over gospel radio stations at the time were quite similar to reports of UFO contact.

Believers in the extraterrestrial hypothesis for the origin of the UFO phenomenon have little time for speculation concerning the paranormal, but the connection between ufology (in a broader sense than just "close encounters") and the practice of ritual magic deserves closer attention, particularly when peripheral events are taking place in UFO flap areas that bear a marked resemblance to those that have always been associated to events surrounding witchcraft.

In Brazil, a number of cattle mutilations have gone unreported particularly because of the fear that it is the work of powerful Macumba practitioners. In one such case in the late '70s, a farmer from Bahía discovered two mutilated cows lying at the center of a slightly conical indentation in the ground, which gave off intense heat and smoke. Fearing witchcraft, the farmer covered the dead animals with old tires soaked in gasoline and torched them. Across the ocean, the areas of Spain that were traditionally associated with the practice of the sorcerous arts are also heavy in UFO activity. Andalucía, particularly the region surrounding Seville, is rich in sightings. The village of Aznalcollar, notorious for its witches, was the site of a surprising case in September, 1971 involving fifty small humanoids, who emerged from a cigar-shaped UFO and chased the terrified watchman of the field they had descended upon, firing beams of light at him from what the witness described as "flashlights”. During the Middle Ages, rumor had it that the best schools of black magic were in Spain, nestled in deep caves within the Pyrenees or in the mountains of Euzkadi, the Basque country. Monstrous dwarves emerged out of one such cave near the locality of Berroscoberro to frighten children tending their flocks while a massive UFO flap took place; enormous "motherships", ranging in size from 500 to 1000 meters in diameter (1500 to 3200 feet), hovered over Mounts Illumbe and Orrecoacha in October of 1975.

[A version of this article appeared in STRANGE magazine as “The Thin Black Line”, 1993]

Friday, December 22, 2023

The Gustavo González Confrontation, 1954 (The Petare Incident)


The Gustavo González Confrontation, 1954 (The Petare Incident)

By Orestes Girbau

The Roman philosopher Seneca once said that “it is preferable to be deceived in certain things than mistrust.” This applies perfectly in the case involving Cuban businessman Gustavo González, the protagonist of a famous CE-3 in the outskirts of Caracas, Venezuela.

In all fairness, it must be noted that the event was widely disseminated thanks to the heroic efforts of an array of prestigious researchers and journalists. This notable encounter took place on November 28, 1954.

Gustavo González León was a native of Havana, living in Venezuela. The time was around 2:00 a.m. when both he and his assistant,  José Ponce, a Venezuelan national,  drove along the road leading to Petare, and they witnessed a luminous circular object measuring some 8 feet in diameter hovering scant meters over the road, with the subsequent exit of two diminutive humanoids. The incredible experience took place exactly in the formerly small town of Los Teques, located in the heights of the sierra.

Everything suggests that the initial astonishment did not last very long. Without the least sign of terror, he faced off with one of the aliens, gripping it with his hands.

Gustavo González discussed how it was possible to seize the small humanoid.

What did those creatures look like?

According to what our fellow countryman reported and drew – given that Ponce fled the scene quickly – the outlandish characters had the following characteristics:

- Noseless heads and diminutive stature (like that of a child)

- Hairy bodies, weighing barely 40 pounds.

- Clawed hands.

- Flat feet.

We should add that the creatures wore some kind of short trousers, according to the testimony provided by the traumatized witnesses.

According to the somewhat contradictory reports of the time, the “Martian” escaped when an effort was made to open the vehicle door in order to bundle the creature inside. The creature gave the Cuban hard shove that sent him flying, five meters distant. It promptly returned to the UFO.

González said that he took out a sharp knife and drove it into the shoulder of the presumably extraterrestrial entity’s shoulder. This situation does not provide students of the subject many clues. If these were bestial Class 3 entities, as some say, the hardness of their hairy bodies likens them more to an android. Jumping like toads, they entered an opening on the side of the UFO after blinding and paralyzing the Cuban with a beam of light. The object took off at full speed, leaving a luminous wake behind.

Upon the craft’s disappearance, González was left in the middle of the road, exhausted, stunned and beaten.

The González case did not take long to become widely known. Over time, such personalities of the global UFO community such as Coral E. Lorenzen, Morris K. Jessup, Joao Martins or Aniceto Lugo put forth their beliefs and considerations regarding the Petare event.

 José González Waite, a Venezuelan member of the Brooklyn New York-based “Flying Saucer Research Society” proposed that Gustavo González be dealt with by a hypnotist in order to convince public opinion of the truth of the fantastic event. Arguing that Gonzalez had felt no fear in dealing with the strange visitor, he would be even less fearful of being injected with “truth serum.”

Gustavo, who had valid certification from people in Petare as concerned his unblemished record, did not hesitate to reject the suggestion.

The event in Petare had not been an isolated phenomenon.

Around that time, Monsignor Sergio Godoy, the Bishop of Zulia, claimed having been a witness to the flight of strange luminous objects. He said that he and other witnesses had seen a strange object flying slowly at night, issuing violet-hued luminance. In a separate instance, Monsignor Godoy , this time in the company of a teacher, was able ascertain the unusual presence of a luminous UFO in broad daylight as it spun rapidly on its own axis, crossing the sky swiftly and leaving behind a wide, smoky wake.

Other stories from Pico del Avila suggested that enigmatic phosphorescence had been seen for a number of mornings, as well as in the so-called Silla de Caracas, between the hours of 5 and 7 am.

These stories came from the Rincón Verde poultry farm, confirming the presence of a curious device that moved at high speed, emitting an intense light. The event caused such disquiet among the farmworkers that José Bartolomeo, the supervisor, paid a visit to a nearby police prefecture located at El Hatillo.

A commission chaired by the El Hatillo police chief looked into the unusual complaint, forwarding its report to higher authority, stating that numerous dwellers of Rincón Verde, at Cerro El Pajuí, looking toward Pico del Avila and Silla de Caracas, had witnessed the maneuvers of a round object – similar to the one reported by Gonzalez and Ponce – as it flew swiftly over Pico del Este. This methodical investigation was conducted by questioning witnesses separately. All of them coincided as to the details of the UFO, its luminosity, the duration of the flight, trajectory and velocity in question.

All of the foregoing sounds like a formality employed by chroniclers in their efforts at making themselves understood when dealing with such controversial subjects. However, another inexplicable event was attached to all this.

It became known that radio telegraph operator N. Palacios, attached to Pan American Airways and at the Maiquetía airport, experienced a nervous breakdown on Friday, December 3rd. A suspicious communication interrupted all aeronautic frequencies for a matter of seconds. Palacios’s hasty notes would later disappear in a disconcerting manner.

The information that subsequently leaked out corroborated that the company invited Palacios to Fort Worth, Texas, in order to present a report to upper management, and ultimately, to make it known to the U.S. interplanetary research authorities.

Others added more to the maelstrom of news, saying that what had occurred to Palacios was nothing more than a cosmic message difficult to understand.

Those of us, who are tasked with understanding the case histories better on a day-to-day basis, must analyze and reflect some questions concerning the experiences of the two men.

Despite efforts aimed at stigmatizing and deriding both men, it was impossible to ascertain that they were intoxicated. However, each of them had experienced psychological impacts. González, for example, had experienced bumps and bruises, according to the medical personnel who attended to them.

Moreover, the presence of UFOs in the vicinity of Petare, Caracas, during the sightings season was evident. Famers, clergymen, policeman and civil aviation staff had been involved in the Venezuelan UFO scene to a lesser or greater extent in those days.

The Petare incident was picked up by magazines, books, publications and newspaper articles by serious and competent researchers. It was in those months – bear in mind that it was the year 1954 – and putting all conspiracy intrigue aside, which we shall deal with at the right time, the scientific authorities of the United States appeared to have kicked off an investigation into the presence of two satellites around our planet – a presence that caused some misunderstanding between the U.S. and the former USSR.

In the 1980s, I was able to find out from firsthand sources that Gustavo González was still living in Venezuela, and was still a subject of controversy for many inside and outside that country.

[Translation (c) 2023 S.Corrales, IHU with thanks to Orestes Girbau]


Sunday, December 17, 2023

Argentina: Neuquén's 1973 "UFO Invasion"



Cuentos Asombrosos (Astonishing Tales) Podcast

Date: December 23, 2023

 Argentina: UFOs Invade Neuquén

 [Voice of Luis Burgos]: "Well, this evening I'm bringing you something different from the stories we usually share with our listeners."

 1973 - The so-called Year of the Humanoids. Argentina could not be the exception, as many reports, complaints, records of that nature were recorded. But as the year came to a close, in the month of December, a considerable number of residents of Neuquén witnessed four flying saucers in the heart of the city itself. It was the only subject of discussion for days, and it came to an end the following week, with a caravan of desperate local residents seeking to make contact with the space aliens, who had landed in Balcón del Valle.

 One evening in the middle of the month, Edgardo Troncoso chatted with a group of teenage friends beside the canal that ran past the San Martín district. It was a daily routine for them - lying on their backs, looking at the sky, talking about life. The central park did not exist in those days - it was a just a sandy lot with a handful of trees. Neuquén at the time did not have any tall buildings or extensive street lighting, and for this reason, a moonlit night offered an incomparable vista of stars and planets, as well as smaller heavenly bodies that blinked or moved slowly across the deep, dark skies of Patagonia.

 It all happened in a matter of seconds, barely after midnight. Four perfectly round saucers appeared against the star-studded background. The saucers were adorned with multicolored lights that floated in the sky without making a sound.

 The objects were rather flat, with a slight protuberance in the middle that also issued small flashes. The saucer squadron made no sudden movements - they began descending just as the boys jumped to their feet, stunned and unable to believe what they were seeing. The craft remained suspended over that part of the city before taking off at a breathtaking rate of speed.

Edgardo and his friends exchanged glances without saying a word. They were stunned, yet marveled having been the unsuspecting witnesses to such an incredible sighting. All those episodes of The Invaders - a series that inspired wonder in them - came to mind. Many evenings had been spent in front of the TV set at some friends' house, watching the show. It was unbelievable. Flying saucers really existed.

The fact is that the group of friends went to bed that night convinced that they had been the only privileged spectators of the uncanny site. But they were wrong. The following day, news about the flying saucers was the talk of the town. Many residents of Neuquén claimed having seen them, and as hours rolled on, the young men learned of sightings all along the Rio Negro valley. Even later they discovered the phenomenon had been seen in Bahía Blanca. How could this be possible? Were they indeed flying saucers?

All manner of speculation was brought forth over the following days: not only did the TV and radio engage in conjectures regarding the nature of the strange objects over Patagonia, but offices, bars, schools and businesses did so as well. Everyone discussed the phenomenon until it finally receded into the background. But mind you, this was only briefly.

There was a popular radio show in Neuquén in those days - "El Club de los Solitarios" (The Loners Club), broadcast every Saturday at midnight on the LU 5 station. Osvaldo Cabanillas, the show's host, was a charismatic individual with an unmistakable voice, able to create lovely word pictures using the classic songs of the day, carefully chosen to make his show complete with sounds and images. The show's listenership was considerable, to the extent that "Loners" from the entire area anxiously waited for the minutes to pass by before the club opened its imaginary doors, gathering everyone in.

Shortly after the sightings, Osvaldo went about his daily routine, speaking to his Loner listeners, passing remarks, adorning them with excellent music, infecting the ether with his usual good nature. The show went on normally until at a given moment, the host changed his tone of voice, proffering some intriguing statements.

"There's something going on in Neuquén at this moment, but I'm not sure if it is wise for me to say what it is. I am afraid of the reactions those who are hearing this may have, but believe me, you have no cause for fear," he said, without giving further details about what was allegedly taking place.

At that point in the show, the Loners’ ears were glued to the radio like never before. What had happened? What was going on in Neuquén? Osvaldo kept up the intrigue for some thirty or forty minutes before finally delivering an unexpected bit of news. "I am being told the flying saucers have returned to Neuquén, and that they are coming in for a landing in the Las Bardas sector of Balcón del Valle," he said. Within minutes, the city center became filled with people ready to embark upon a desperate caravan to the highest point in the community. They came in cars, motorcycles and even bicycles - residents of Neuquén swiftly departed in order not to miss the spectacle that promised to play out again in the skies of Patagonia.

"The flying saucers are back and landing at Las Bardas," people said as they covered the final stretch of Avenida Argentina, which at the time was little more than a rock-strewn track. Many of them carried portable radios with which to hear Osvaldo's transmission; others tuned in to LU 5 on their car radios. A modicum of fear was palpable among the drivers, yet there was a considerable sense of intrigue and fascination. Some had taken the story as a gag, but were tagging along nonetheless.

Edgardo Troncoso, the young man who had seen the craft in the company of his friends, also grabbed his bicycle and pedaled frantically in an effort to repeat his earlier experience. When the crowd finally reached the summit of the city, they turned their eyes to the sky, which spread majestically over Las Bardas. But there was nothing to be seen aside from stars in the immense darkness, and the moon lit the upper valley and the shores of the Neuquén River.

"Perhaps they've already landed and are somewhere hereabouts," someone said.

Others began to comb the deep ravines that crisscrossed Las Bardas in search of the enigmatic craft, but they did not find them. The more credulous conjectured that the saucers had landed, and then taken off abruptly, as they had done the last time. Disenchanted at the thwarted alien experience, they made their way down the avenue, wondering what had happened. Some returned home; others remained in the downtown bars to continue their exchanges.

Shortly after they learned that the news item had been a joke by Osvaldo, aimed at keeping alive the fascination over the extraordinary paranormal phenomenon days back. Furthermore, that Saturday was the 28th of December, the day of Holy Innocents [Translator's note - the equivalent of April Fool's Day in the Spanish-speaking world]

[Translation and Transcription ©2023 S. Corrales, IHU, with thanks to Luis Burgos and OVNI-Radio ICOU]