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Winston Churchill’s Lost Extra-terrestrial Essay Discovered

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Winston Churchill, British prime minister and one of history’s most influential statesmen, was undoubtedly a man with weighty questions on his mind. How best to save the British Empire? he must have mused. What will the postwar world look like? he surely wondered. But the legendary leader also focused his prodigious mind on less pragmatic questions. For instance: Is there life on other planets?

In fact, in 1939, Churchill penned a lengthy essay on this very topic, which was never published. Besides displaying a strong grasp of contemporary astrophysics and a scientific mind, he came to a breathtaking conclusion: We are probably not alone in the universe. The long-lost piece of Churchilliana has just floated up to the surface again, thanks to an article written by astrophysicist Mario Livio in this week’s edition of the journal Nature analyzing Churchill’s work.

thousands of nebulae, each containing thousands of millions of suns, the odds are enormous that there must be immense numbers which possess planets whose circumstances would not render life impossible,” Churchill concluded in his essay. He wrote these words on the eve of World War II—more than half a century before exoplanets were discovered.

Until last year, Churchill’s thoughts on the problem of alien life had been all but lost to history. The reason: His 11-page typed draft was never published. Sometime in the late 1950s, Churchill revised the essay while visiting the seaside villa of publisher Emery Reves, but the text still didn’t see the light of day. It appears to have languished in the Reves house until Emery’s wife Wendy gave it to the U.S. National Churchill Museum during the 1980s.

Last year, the museum’s new director, Timothy Riley, unearthed the essay in the museum’s archives. When astrophysicist Mario Livio happened to visit the museum, Riley “thrust [the] typewritten essay” into his hands, Livio writes in Nature. Riley was eager to hear the perspective of an astrophysicist. And Livio, for his part, was floored. “Imagine my thrill that I may be the first scientist to examine this essay,” he writes in Nature.

Churchill did his homework, Livio reports. Though he probably didn’t pore over peer-reviewed scientific literature, the statesman seems to have read enough, and spoke with enough top scientists—including the physicist Frederick Lindemann, his friend and later his official scientific adviser—to have had a strong grasp of the major theories and ideas of his time. But that wasn’t what left the deepest impression on Livio.

“To me the most impressive part of the essay—other than the fact that he was interested in it at all, which is pretty remarkable—is really the way that he thinks,” Livio says. “He approached the problem just as a scientist today would. To answer his question ‘Are we alone in the universe?’ he started by defining life. Then he said, ‘OK, what does life require? What are the necessary conditions for life to exist?’”

Churchill identified liquid water, for example, as a primary requirement. While he acknowledged the possibility that forms of life could exist dependent on some other liquid, he concluded that “nothing in our present knowledge entitles us to make such an assumption.”

“This is exactly what we still do today: Try to find life by following the water,” Livio says. “But next, Churchill asked ‘What does it take for liquid water to be there?’ And so he identified this thing that today we call the habitable zone.”

By breaking down the challenge into its component parts, Churchill ended up delving into the factors necessary to create what is now known as the “Goldilocks zone” around a star: that elusive region in which a life-sustaining planet could theoretically exist. In our own solar system, he concluded, only Mars and Venus could possibly harbor life outside of Earth. The other planets don’t have the right temperatures, Churchill noted, while the Moon and asteroids lack sufficient gravity to trap gasses and sustain atmospheres.

Turning his gaze beyond our own solar system raised even more possibilities for life, at least in Churchill’s mind. “The sun is merely one star in our galaxy, which contains several thousand millions of others,” he wrote. Planetary formation would be rather rare around those stars, he admitted, drawing on a then-popular theory of noted physicist and astronomer James Jeans. But what if that theory turned out to be incorrect? (In fact, it has now been disproven.)

“That’s what I find really fascinating,” Livio notes. “The healthy skepticism that he displayed is remarkable.”

Churchill suggested that different planetary formation theories may mean that many such planets may exist which “will be the right size to keep on their surface water and possibly an atmosphere of some sort.” Of that group, some may also be “at the proper distance from their parent sun to maintain a suitable temperature.”

The statesman even expected that some day, “possibly even in the not very distant future,” visitors might see for themselves whether there is life on the moon, or even Mars.

But what was Winston Churchill doing penning a lengthy essay on the probability of alien life in the first place? After all, it was the eve of a war that would decide the fate of the free world, and Churchill was about to become Prime Minister of the United Kingdom.

Such an undertaking was actually quite typical for Churchill, notes Andrew Nahum, Keeper Emeritus at the Science Museum, London, because it reflects both his scientific curiosity and his recurring need to write for money. It was skill with the pen that often supported Churchill and his family’s lavish lifestyle (recall that he won the 1953 Nobel Prize for Literature, with a monetary award of 175,293 Swedish Kroner worth about $275,000 today).

“One recent biography is entitled No More Champagne: Churchill And His Money,” Nahum says. “That was a phrase he put into a note to his wife about austerity measures. But he didn’t know much about austerity. He liked luxury so he wrote like crazy, both books and articles that his agent circulated widely.”

That’s not to say that Churchill was simply slinging copy about aliens for a paycheck. “He was profoundly interested in the sciences and he read very widely,” notes Nahum, who curated the 2015 Science Museum exhibition “Churchill’s Scientists.” Nahum relates the tale of how as Chancellor of the Exchequer, Churchill was once sent a book on quantum physics, and later admitted that it had occupied him for the better part of a day that should have been spent balancing the British budget.

He not only read scientific content voraciously, but wrote on the topic as well. In a 1924 issue of Nash’s Pall Mall Magazine, Churchill anticipated the power of atomic weapons. “Might not a bomb no bigger than an orange be found to possess secret power to destroy a whole block of buildings nay, to blast a township at a stroke?” he warned. In 1932, he anticipated the rise of test-tube meat in the magazine Popular Mechanics: “Fifty years hence, we shall escape the absurdity of growing a whole chicken in order to eat the breast or the wing, by growing these parts separately in a suitable medium,” he wrote.

In 1939 he authored three essays, tackling not just extraterrestrial life but the evolution of life on Earth and the popular biology of the human body. Two were published during 1942 by the Sunday Dispatch, Nahum discovered when reading Churchill’s papers at the University of Cambridge. It remains a mystery why his thoughts on alien life went unpublished.

In the rediscovered essay, Churchill admits that, because of the great distances between us and other planet-harboring stars, we may never know if his hunch that life is scattered among the vastness of the cosmos is correct. Yet even without proof, Churchill seems to have convinced himself that such a possibility was likely—perhaps by swapping his scientific mind for one more finely attuned to the human condition during the troubled 20th century.

“I, for one, am not so immensely impressed by the success we are making of our civilization here that I am prepared to think we are the only spot in this immense universe which contains living, thinking creatures,” he wrote, “or that we are the highest type of mental and physical development which has ever appeared in the vast compass of space and time.”

Seventy-five years after Churchill’s bold speculations, there’s still no proof that life exists on other worlds. But, as was often the case, his analysis of our own still seems prescient.
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“government took the threat of UFOs so seriously in the 1950s that UK intelligence chiefs met to discuss the issue, newly-released files show.Ministers even went on to commission weekly reports on UFO sightings from a committee of intelligence experts.

The papers also include a wartime account claiming prime minister Winston Churchill ordered a UFO sighting be kept secret to prevent “mass panic”.

The files show reports of UFOs peaked in 1996 – when The X Files was popular.

The Joint Intelligence Committee is better known for providing briefings to the government on matters relating to security, defence and foreign affairs.

But the latest batch of UFO files released from the Ministry of Defence to the National Archives shows that, in 1957, the committee received reports detailing an average of one UFO sighting a week.

The files also include an account of a wartime meeting attended by Winston Churchill in which, it is claimed, the prime minister was so concerned about a reported encounter between a UFO and RAF bombers, that he ordered it be kept secret for at least 50 years to prevent “mass panic”.

Of course, it’s also now known that both Hitler and Stalin  took note of  the panic caused by Orson Welles infamous War Of The Worlds radio broadcast and considered using a fake invasion scenario for psychological warfare purposes.

Inevitably this led to CIA infiltration of UFO investigative organisations for psy op and media manipulation purposes, and of course Carol Rosin’s claims about Von Braun and the alien invasion simulation plan, along with Serge Monast’s claims about Project Blue Beam.

As wild as it may seem, many high ranking political figures have taken an interest in the subject of extra-terrestrial life and possible contact, and intelligentce agencies are always seeking ways to utilize belief in extraterrestrials for psychological warfare purposes as well as to cover testing of clandestine earthly technology.

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CIA Releases “X Files” Documents

12 million pages of declassified CIA files are now available online for everyone to view

Conspiracy theorists would be having a field day, with the CIA sharing 12 million pages of declassified documents online. Pictures: National Archives.

FOR 17 years, the US Army’s “Project Stargate” explored the use of psychokinesis, ESP and telepathy for military and domestic intelligence applications.

While explored in 2004 book and 2009 film, The Men Who Stare at Goats, very few details of the program had ever been easily accessible to the public.

This all changed when the CIA posted a vast cache of close to 12 million pages of declassified documents online, which include information on UFO sightings, Nazi War Crimes, Project Stargate and other once-secret files.

The information was first released in 1995 when then-President Bill Clinton ordered all documents with “historical value” that were at least 25 years old to be declassified.

However, the documents were only physically accessible from four computer terminals at the National Archives in Washington DC.

In 2000, the CIA released the documents on its electronic records search tool CREST, but the files were still only available by physically attending the Archives.

Following a Freedom of Information Act lawsuit in 2014, the CIA said it would post the 930,000 documents online in entirety, but claimed it would take six years to scan every page.

CIA information management director said the agency was able to complete the project quicker than expected, with the official giving assurances that nothing had omitted and the half-century of data was published in entirety.

“Access to this historically significant collection is no longer limited by geography,” he said in a press release.

“We’ve been working on this for a very long time and this is one of the things I wanted to make sure got done before I left. Now you can access it from the comfort of your own home.”

While the obviously extensive cache of documents would take a long time to examine, has picked out some of the highlights found during a quick perusal.

A scanned picture of the completed tunnel, which has been included in one of the many documents. Picture: National Archives

A scanned picture of the completed tunnel, which has been included in one of the many documents. Picture: National ArchivesSource:Supplied


From 1952 until 1956, the US built a 400 metre tunnel that would be used to tap Soviet telephone lines.

“By March 1952, all of the pertinent technical material had been assembled and sufficiently analysed to permit the pinpointing of the most important Soviet circuits,” a document read.

“Careful visual observation was maintained and tunnelling operations stopped each time the German guards walked over the tunnel on their regular patrols.

“All components in the electrical isolation networks were individually selected and subjected to rigorous tests to ensure maximum reliability, and the lead-away cables were constructed of the best available materials, sheathed in lead and handled in accordance with the highest telephone company standards.”

After operating for 11 months and 11 days, the tunnel was discovered on 21 April 1956, with the document claiming a double agent, known as George Blake, was responsible.

“[Blake] had been recruited by the Soviets while a prisoner in North Korea in 1952 and had continued under Soviet control,” the document read.

“Blake was privy to all aspects of the tunnel from the earliest planning stages and stated that he had informed his Soviet contact of the tunnel.”

Files from the National Archives detailing UFO sightings. Picture: National Archives.

Files from the National Archives detailing UFO sightings. Picture: National Archives.Source:Supplied


As expected, the declassified documents contain many cases of UFO sightings from all across the globe.

One such report documents a UFO spotted by two police officers patrolling the Lithuanian border on June 26, 1996.

“Vehicle loads of soldiers from the ARAS rapid reaction force, sniffer dogs and police reinforcements immediately arrived on the scene of the emergency,” a report read.

“[According to eye witness accounts] they noticed a spherical objecting hanging and “pulsing”.

“At the same time, they heard what they described as “a strange sound like an electric or electronic crackle.

“When they moved about 50 metres through the long grass, the police said the sphere moved away, rose higher and rapidly departed.”

The report said those who attended the scene studied the area carefully and recorded the strange sound, which could still be heard even though the UFO had left the area.

At the time of publishing, Lithuanian scientists had not given an explanation for the sighting, although the police commissioner had told media the two officers who saw the UFO were “psychologically healthy, normal people”.

Some paperwork explaining what was being examined in Project Stargate.

Some paperwork explaining what was being examined in Project Stargate.Source:Supplied


As mentioned earlier, Project Stargate is the name given to the US Army’s investigations into the potential for psychic phenomena in military and domestic intelligence applications.

“Studies of paranormal phenomena have nearly always been associated with controversy. Despite the controversy concerning their nature and existence, many organisations continue to be avidly interested in these phenomena,” a report read.

“The intelligence community is no exception: beginning in the 1970s, it had conducted a program intended to investigate the application of one paranormal phenomenon — remote viewing or the ability to describe locations one had not visited.”

“As an adjunct method to gathering intelligence, people who possess this ability could be asked to describe various intelligence targets. This information, especially if considered credible and reliable, could supplement and enhance more time-consuming and perhaps dangerous methods for collecting data.”

The reported concluded that observations provided a compelling argument against the continuation of the research program, with little evidence demonstrating the existence of remote viewing.

“The information provided by the remote viewing is vague and ambiguous, making it difficult, if not impossible, for the technique to yield information of significant quality and accuracy,” the report read.

“We conclude that continues use of remote viewing in intelligence gathering operations is not warranted.”

These declassified documents would keep Fox Mulder occupied.

These declassified documents would keep Fox Mulder occupied.Source:YouTube


Among the documents is an article exploring an “unusual phenomena” that had been a constant source of disturbance to a family in France.

The 1980 mystery was attributed to a poltergeist — a ghost or other supernatural being supposedly responsible for physical disturbances.

“The poltergeist manifested itself over the years in well-known uniform patterns: beds were moved about, pillows and covers were pulled off, locked doors were inexplicably opened, the contents of cupboards were found to be in disorder, objects disappeared and reappeared, sounds were mimicked, penetration phenomena occurred and so on,” the report read.

“Thorough psycho-diagnostic and depth-psychological examinations were planned but could not be carried out because the family was about to leave for Guadelope in order to escape the poltergeist.

“In their new surroundings they found peace, although even there they experienced strange phenomena such as rosaries falling from the sky.”


What declassified documents wouldn’t be complete without including steps on how to perform photography and writing with invisible ink.

Just in case you were ever wondering how to make invisible ink.

Giant “Alien Claw” Discovered With Elongated Skull In Peru

Mystery Objects “Hurtling Towards Earth” Say NASA.

NASA recently spotted two massive space objects hurtling towards Earth.

While the American space agency has pinpointed one as a comet, the other has left it slightly more baffled.

The comet is set to fly close to Earth this week, but the mystery object isn’t expected to make an appearance until February.

The object, dubbed “2016 WF9”, was detected by NASA’s asteroid- and comet-hunting NEOWISE project on 27 November 2016.

Credits: NASA© Provided by Trinity Mirror Plc Credits: NASA It is roughly 0.3 to 0.6 miles (0.5 to 1 kilometres) across and is in an orbit that takes it on a scenic tour of our solar system.

At its farthest distance from the sun, it approaches Jupiter’s orbit.

Over the course of 4.9 Earth-years, it travels inward, passing under the main asteroid belt and the orbit of Mars until it swings just inside Earth’s own orbit.

that, it heads back toward the outer solar system.

However, NASA scientists are not sure whether it is a comet or an asteroid .

“2016 WF9 could have cometary origins,” said Deputy Principal Investigator James “Gerbs” Bauer at NASA’s JPL.

“This object illustrates that the boundary between asteroids and comets is a blurry one; perhaps over time this object has lost the majority of the volatiles that linger on or just under its surface.”

Credits: NASA/JPL-Caltech© Provided by Trinity Mirror Plc Credits: NASA/JPL-Caltech

While 2016 WF9 is dark like a comet, it appears to lack the characteristic dust and gas cloud that defines a comet.

On 25 February, 2017 WF9 will approach Earth’s orbit at a distance of nearly 32 million miles (51 million kilometres) from our home planet.

NASA said that the object is “not a threat to Earth for the foreseeable future”.

Meanwhile, the other object, which has been firmly classified as a comet could be visible this week.

The comet, C/2016 U1 NEOWISE, “has a good chance of becoming visible through a good pair of binoculars, although we can’t be sure because a comet’s brightness is notoriously unpredictable,” said Paul Chodas, manager of NASA’s Center for Near-Earth Object (NEO) Studies at JPL.

Credits: Getty© Provided by Trinity Mirror Plc Credits: Getty

Those in the northern hemisphere may be able to spot the comet in the southeastern sky shortly before dawn this week.

It is moving farther south each day and it will reach its closest point to the sun, inside the orbit of Mercury, on 14 January, before heading back out to the outer reaches of the solar system for an orbit lasting thousands of years.

While the comet may be visible to stargazers, it is not considered to be a threat to the planet.

The NEOWISE project discovered more than 34,000 asteroids during its original mission and was brought out of hibernation in December 2013 to detect comets and asteroids that could pose a threat to Earth.



Suspicious Death of UFO Researcher Max Spiers


The death earlier this year of Max Spiers, a British Ufologist, has continued to prompt intense speculation among conspiracy theorists, as an inquest in Kent this week heard he “vomited two litres of black fluid” shortly before he died.

Spiers, 39, originally from Canterbury, was found dead at an friend’s apartment in Warsaw in July.

Local authorities initially stated he had died from natural causes – but his mother Vanessa Bates approached the media to express doubts over the verdict.

As an inquest into Mr Spiers’ death opened in Canterbury last Monday, Mrs Bates told reporters: “It’s been a long time coming, but I’m just relieved that at last something is happening and there is a proper investigation and inquest.”

In a statement, coroner’s investigations officer Caroline O’Donnell told the inquest: “Mr Spiers became ill with a high temperature and was weak.”

Max Spiers
Max Spiers Credit: YouTube

According to the Kentish Gazette, the following day Mr Spiers vomited two litres of black fluid.

“The friend called a doctor who attempted resuscitation before pronouncing him dead.”

A few days before his death Mr Spiers had sent his mother a text message saying: “If anything happens to me, investigate.”

Mrs Bates, an English teacher, said in October: “[Max] was making a name for himself in the world of conspiracy theorists and had been invited to speak at a conference in Poland in July.

“He was staying with a woman who he had not known for long and she told me how she found him dead on the sofa.

“But I think Max had been digging in some dark places and I fear that somebody wanted him dead.”

Coroner Alan Blunsdon told the inquest he was waiting to receive a report from Polish authorities, and that he hopes to have Mr Spiers’ laptop and mobile phone forensically analysed.

The inquest has been adjourned until February 22.

Earlier this year author and journalist Nick Pope, who investigated the UFO phenomenon for the Ministry of Defence in the early Nineties, said on Twitter: “The death of Max Spiers was a tragedy, but having run the UK Government’s UFO project I promise we don’t go around killing UFO researchers.”

The Kaikoura UFO Incident: Case Solved?

“Those soulless realists who were not there will never know the unbelievable beauty of that light show. I can flick a mental switch and be back there in instant, sweat trickling down my back, the noise of the engines suffocating me, the light show outside the window fusing my brain.”Quentin Fogarty, “Let’s Hope They’re Friendly”1982.

“Is everybody ready here on the Dark Side of the Moon?”

A line from Stephen Spielberg’s Sci Fi blockbuster movie Close Encounters of the Third Kind.

The Dark Side of the Moon was the code name of a secret base set up to host a spectacular encounter with extraterrestrials  who seem to enjoy pretty coloured lights and music!

The Dark Side of the Moon is also the name of the legendary album by Pink Floyd, and it’s iconic cover art of a prism intended to symbolise that band’s reputation for spectacular sound and light shows that are simultaneously informative and transformative.

See a connection here?

Spielberg’s movie helped bring the subject of UFOs back into the public spotlight, and it’s possible this movie was part of a bigger picture; an indoctrination programme that continues to this day, to plant the idea of extraterrestrial visitation firmly in the minds of the public. In the 1980’s, this programme would acquire a name: Project Blue Beam.

An early sequence in Spielberg’s movie features radar operators gathered around a screen as a breathless pilot describes a mysterious brightly lit object, visible on radar as an uncorrelated target, which  seems to play “chicken” with the helpless airliner. “Do you wish to file a report of any kind?” asks the controller. “I wouldn’t know what kind of report to file!” answers the shaken pilot.

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A short while after the movies release, on the East Coast of New Zealand’s South Island, this scene would be played out for real……

21st December 1978.Approx. 1am: The crew of an Argosy Freight plane headed up the East Coast of New Zealand witness  a variety of airborne light sources, some of which appear to have light beams emanating from them. Captain Randle suggests they may be helicopters engaged in a military exercise. Targets were simultaneously showing up on control tower radar, and a ground witness at Woodbourne AFB had confirmed anomalous lights in the region.

Finally, a large object was observed to alternate between motionless hovering and performing some extraordinary manoeuvres, somewhat perplexing as the radar was set to ignore stationary objects!

Meanwhile back at Woodbourne, a second Argosy was setting off on a freight run, and captain Vern Powell was asked to keep a lookout for any sign of the objects.

They soon had an encounter with the large stationary object that puzzled the radar operators:

RADAR: 10′ o clock to you range 30 miles, a large target…tracked down from Wellington….has tracked down to 60 miles and has remained stationery for 3/4 hour…now moved 20 miles to the West.

PLANE: We have a bright red glowing light…10 o’ clock position…definitely airborne.

RADAR: the ones off Clarence coast have disappeared…..the bright red one has also faded from radar…

PLANE: It’s still there…very bright!

(The stationary object reappears on radar approx. 2-3000ft6 above the aircraft)

PLANE: It appears to be stationary at the moment, is that right?

RADAR: that is confirmed, been stationary for about 45 minutes….

(The object suddenly begins to move, taking a parallel track with the freighter)

RADAR: That one on your left…starting to move in the same direction as yourself….moved approximately 4 miles as we have been speaking.‘

PLANE: Yes, the light has just gone out.

RADAR: He has disappeared from radar too.

(the object reappears both on radar and visually and tracks the plane for 12 miles before disappearing again. At the same time Andy Herd of Wellington radar calls up Christchurch radar room)

WELLINGTON RADAR: Jackpot! Southbound Argosy has seen a big red “thing….”


WR:…yes about 10,000feet, about 2000 feet above him, confirmed on radar!

Both Northbound and Southbound freight planes continued to see radar-confirmed lights that night, and later checks with NZ military authorities were met with denials that any exercises or experimentation were taking place in the area at the time.

But this was nothing compared to what was to come.

Two months earlier, an Australian UFO case had made waves in the mainstream media with the unexplained disappearance of an amateur pilot, Fred Valentich. Transcripts of the radio communications in Valentich’s final moments, sound, once again, like something from a sci fi movie: It is clear that Valentich’s Cessna was approached by a missile-like object capable of hovering stationery and emitting a green light. The device hovered above the Cessna, and the plane’s engine began to malfunction. The final transmission was 17 seconds of static and a metallic screeching.

Naturally, Australian media was subsequently on the lookout for anything UFO related in the Southern hemisphere that might make a good follow-up to the Valentich case.


And Australia’s Channel O not only picked up on the NZ media coverage of the 21 December Argosy Radar-Visual encounters, but happened to have one of their reporters, Quentin Fogarty, holidaying in New Zealand at the time.

A camera team was quickly assembled, with Fogarty joined by cameraman David Crockett and his wife and sound recordist, Ngaire Crockett, to film a segment on the events including a re-enactment of the events aboard an Argosy Air Freighter, piloted by Capt. Bill Startup and 1st Mate Bob Guard.

The rest is history, with the team filming a variety of unidentified objects, correlating with radar returns, on both legs of the journey. The most famous segment being of the large orb like shape that featured in television news items around the world.…

Finally it seemed the Holy Grail of UFO research was at hand: A case with visual and radar confirmation, multiple witnesses of high calibre, and filmed by a professional camera crew!

As you can see from the selection of images below, the variety of configurations filmed is far more than the few moments of footage shown in the news items would suggest!

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In the resultant media frenzy, the debunkers lined up to take a shot. Venus,(note the pic on the bottom left in the montage is Venus for comparison), Jupiter, squid fishing vessels, Muttonbird flocks, “moonlight reflected from a cabbage patch”(?) meteors, temperature inversions… the list went on and on. “Venus does not, sort of, pass beneath the wings of your aircraft”, remarked Startup dryly.

And UFOs continued to be sighted and filmed in the days afterwards over Kaikoura:








Almost four decades later, there are still no definitive answers about what was being seen by flight crews, radar, and civilian ground observation, back in 1978, despite the massive number of theories.

Now, after re-examing the material in light of many years of research into esoteric military technologies as part of my quest for answers to the Christchurch Earthquake events, I believe I have a plausible explanation.

Two persons mentioned this explanation back in early 1979, and were practically ignored.

But back then, no one had internet……

What caused me to start looking back over this case were two factors; the release of the classified government report on the incident, and the Christchurch earthquakes of September 2011 and February 2012 (and the thousands of ongoing aftershocks). My subsequent quest for knowledge about HAARP and ionospheric modification led me to look back through the report with fresh eyes.


Although the government issued a press release summing up their investigations and conclusions, the actual report, for some utterly unfathomable reason, was stamped “Restricted” and kept under wraps for 30 years, thus fuelling unfounded speculation and rumour (or maybe that was the point?).

Here’s a sample of quotes that set the tone:

-the reporting officer is of the opinion…

-the reporting officer speculates…

-might have been caused by…

-possibly caused by…

-may well be explained in due course.

Get the picture?

Let’s hear some more honest snippets:

-no explanation can be offered for this observation.

-it is difficult to explain the lights…..

So, this report is all opinion and speculation, dressed up as an authoritive explanation. A whitewash.…

But there’s something else here. Check out these bits of impressive sounding jargon:

-anomalous propagation (ducting)

-freak propagation

-super refraction

-radar contact produced by ducting

-inversion layers

-radar double bounce

Now, these extraordinary collection of freak atmospheric conditions supposedly persisted through December 78 and January 79! That’s got to be some kind of record. Wouldn’t one think all these freakish conditions would excite the attention of meteorologists around the world? I can’t find one paper, lecture, or article, outside of UFO literature. And those radar returns. Spurious returns are usually transitory and and quite distinguishable from solid aircraft returns. They certainly don’t sit on the radar for 45 minutes or track other aircraft, let alone play cat and mouse with them.

And yet it seems clear that something extraordinary was going on in the skies over New Zealand, but it was concentrated into concentrated, highly localised pockets and acted as if under intelligent control.

The terms used to describe the phenomena sounded very familiar to me as a result of my Research into HAARP, Over the Horizon Radar and other atmospheric modification programmes.

I am reminded of something called AIM; Artificial Ionospheric Mirrors. An ionospheric heating device, such as EISCAT or HAARP concentrates on a point of the ionosphere until it creates a miniature aurora, a visible bubble of plasma. This plasma bubble acts as a mirror to bounce radar beams over the horizon.

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This is however, not the solution to the Kaikoura phenomena, as such plasma bubbles were not sustained for any more any appreciable duration until very recently, and are high up in the ionosphere and several kilometres in diameter.

NRL scientists produce densest artificial ionospheric plasma clouds using HAARP

Yet, with NZ and specifically Canterbury being involved ionospheric modification and OTHR research for decades, I had a feeling that similar technology was involved in this case.

Perhaps something on a smaller scale, like portable projectors.

But why in full public view? Despite the official report claiming a dearth of ground witnesses, I’ve personally spoken to plenty of regular folk who witnessed these phenomena, all the way from Banks Peninsula to Kaikoura, and Fogarty claims “hundreds” saw the lights.

And the NZ defence forces, even decades after the event, claim no exercises of any kind were underway at the time. But then, let’s have look at the careful wording of the official Press Release.

The defence forces are “certain” that it wasn’t aliens from another world, or from a hostile nation, and make great show of poor little NZ’s lack of a defence budget. Like the restricted official report, it’s what the press release fails to mention that really stands out. If you eliminate extreterrestrials and earthly hostiles, that leaves “friendly” nations; allies. Australia and the US being the most likely candidates.

So again, why in public, and for what purpose?

The exposure to pilots, radar, and ground witnesses must have been intentional. Not just a technological test, but also a psychological test. A test of reactions?

And in order to really answer “why”?, we must ask “what”? And “how”?


I found it in Quentin Fogarty’s book, Let’s Hope They’re Friendly.

On page 120 is the following:

A… sighting was advanced soon after the sightings by a man who claimed he had worked for the top secret Royal Air Force Projects, “Hookdown” and “Sidescan”. He told a New Zealand newspaper that the objects seen and filmed off the Kaikoura coast might have been top secret, remote controlled drones. The man theorised that the drones, used to decoy radar from an attacking strike force, were being tested by the United States military from the nearby secret military installations  at Mount John, and from a US tracking station near Christchurch. He suggested the Americans were testing their advanced drones on civil aviation radar.”

Interesting, but clearly just theory and speculation. So far I have found no info on the two projects mentioned, and frustratingly no name is given for either the source or the newspaper he informed. Very interesting though, is the mention of drones (something wee are all familiar with three decades on) and the mention of Mount John and a “tracking station near Christchurch”. Does he mean the infamous Weedons antenna? “….to decoy radar”? Interesting.…

Let’s back up to page 119:

“captain John Randle suggested to me that the efforts to denigrate the sightings, and the witnesses, were designed to cover up EXPERIMENTS IN HOLOGRAPHIC TARGET DECOYS (my emphasis) by the Australian and New Zealand navies. HE SAID EVERY “BUT WHY” WAS ANSWERED BY THIS HYPOTHESIS AND LESS PROOF HAS BEEN USED TO HANG PEOPLE.”

Captain Randle went on to say the lights he witnessed that sent beams down to the coastline were most likely a fleet of four or five helicopters, which also suggests a military operation of some sort.

Tellingly, the official report mentions Randle’s helicopters in order to dismiss them as car headlights, suggesting Randle’s estimate of 1000ft altitude to be poor judgement!

He is then quoted at the top of page 120:

“I THINK IT WAS HOLOGRAPHY OR INTERFEROMETRY PRODUCING THE WHOLE AFFAIR and can’t see little green men at the bottom of the plot”

So two people talk about radar decoys. One says drones, the other says holograms. Perhaps both were used?

I remind you that these words were spoken in the late 1970s.

Holograms were science fiction as far as the public were concerned. The rest of Randle’s claims probably went right over the heads of most people. But after re reading Quentin Fogarty,s book after the earthquakes in 2011, I highlighted the terms he used and began looking online to find out if there was any substance to Randle’s hypothesis.

First, there are some things noted by Bruce Maccabee, the well known US Navy Optical Physicist and UFO researcher, who did exhaustive analyses of the footage.

BM notes that the blue-white object brightens, fades, and momentarily vanishes and reappears, consistent with AN IMAGE GOING THROUGH FOCUS, but well beyond the camera’s focus range.

Regarding the large object familiar to TV viewers, BM notes that the image brightness starts low, brightens dramatically, then dims again. As it does so, there is “symmetry inversion”, as the object image flips over, simultaneously shrinking then expanding. This indicates “effects characteristic of GOING THROUGH FOCUS”. However, notes Maccabee, “when I last spoke to Crockett he was adamant that the lens was not out of focus and the large dim object on the film was very much like the object he saw through the eyepiece”.

So lets apply some logical thinking. Both objects mentioned went through a dramatic change of image focus. Dave Crockett, a professional cameraman, is adamant his camera wasn’t responsible. CONCLUSION: THE UFOS THEMSELVES WENT THROUGH A FOCUS CHANGE. Projected images of some sort ?

The final giveaway in the footage lies in possibly the most famous single frame of film footage on all of UFOlogy, the “ampersand” still.

If this movement, captured in a single frame, was caused by the object itself, and the object were ten nautical miles from the plane, as indicated on radar, then it travelled 17000 metres per second, resulting in a bone pulverising, metal crushing, 800,000 times the force of gravity. A poorly maintained flying saucer with a backfiring warp drive?

A sensible theory is that it was the camera being bumped or jogged that caused the image.

Maccabee doubts this explanation based on the mass and rotational inertia of the camera, although he doesn’t discount the possibility. However, Dr. Richard Haines attempted to reproduce the image with a camera aboard an aircraft and a bright lightsource, and was unable to produce anything remotely as complex as the “ampersand”.

So once again, applying the same logic as before, then if the recording apparatus didn’t produce the effect, the probably the apparatus PROJECTING the image was jogged.

Ever used a laser pointer? Try projecting the laser onto a wall, and no matter how steady you hold it, even the slightest movement of the hand causes the light to wiggle around, resulting in a complex pattern if captured on camera, as in the examples below:

So the film itself provides some evidence suggesting that the UFOs might have been projected images of some sort. They change focus and the “ampersand” image suggests that the projecting apparatus was momentarily subjected to a knock or vibration.

But wait.

How does a hologram show up as a solid radar return?

And an Air Force Orion aircraft sent up to investigate similar returns in early January 1979 saw no objects but encountered severe pockets of turbulence. Do holograms cause turbulence and unusual atmospheric conditions?

This is where the references to Ionospheric Mirrors and OTH radar come in to the picture.


Neither a solid nor a gas, it can be generated by heating ionised atmosphere as demonstrated by HAARP.

It can be used to reflect or bounce radar beams therefore it can surely generate a return.

Remember though, this is 1978. Was such technology possible back then? Raytheon currently sell a drone radar decoy, the Nulka, that is capable of hovering in one spot, and several used together can give a ship sized radar return. Significantly this decoy was developed by the Australian Navy in the right time frame for the Kaikoura incidents. But it is no hologram, more like a missile.

But, there is plenty of material out there to suggest there is some real substance to the idea of a plasma radar decoy that is capable of steered movement.…

“By using a powerful laser and a converging lens, it is possible to ionise air locally at the point of focusing. If, for example, the lens has a focal distance of 1 metre, a bubble of plasma forms itself “miraculously” at a distance of 1 metre from the lens and seems to float in the air. By using an infrared laser, the rays of which are normally invisible to the naked eye, the result is very spectacular. But in order to project this “UFO” at great distance, it would be necessary to use a very powerful laser and a lens capable of focusing at the distance of projection. It is, therefore, more efficient to use a matrix of lasers converging towards a given point in the sky.

The first high energy lasers worked by means of carbon dioxide (CO2) and within the infrared scale. They appeared in the United States in 1968. The CO2 was inserted at one end of the laser while the residual non-toxic gases were expelled on the other side.

The first attempt to convert this into a transportable weapon was carried out by the US Army. Towards the middle of the seventies, a CO2 laser with a power of 30 kilowatts was mounted on a caterpillar-tracked vehicle LVTP-7 so as to create a “Mobile Test Unit”.

At the end of the seventies, the German Diehl company came up with a similar prototype, the HELEX (High Energy Laser Experimental). It consisted of a 28-ton armoured vehicle intended to carry a high energy CO2 laser with a power of several megawatts, whose range in clear weather would have reached 10 kilometres (fig. 11-a). The required consumption :of CO2 would allow up to 50 laser shots at each sortie.”

“What interest would the military have in developing such equipment? We can list several possible uses:


To produce Atmospheric ionospheric mirrors (see AIM above).


To produce radar decoys or visual decoys so as to deceive the enemy


To illuminate an enemy site for an extended period of time, as if it were daylight.


To put a mark on an enemy target for the purpose of guiding a missile, or to turn an enemy missile towards a false target and making it explode.


To suppress the toxicity of a combat gas spread by the enemy, by causing a reaction with the plasma produced


To disturb or destroy at long distance electronic, electric or electromechanical (motors) equipment with a particle beam


To cause fires or sever electric cables by melting them…”

So, it would seem that the answer is yes, it could have been done in 1978, and yes plasma bubbles would have worthwhile military applications. This, then, would seem to be the likely answer to the mystery, and the reason for the whitewash official report and the carefully worded press release statements.

Like Randle said, less evidence has been used to hang people and every “why” is answered. Even the reported weather inversions and “super refractions” are explained by heating and ionisation of localised pockets of air.

Still not convinced? Here’s practical demonstration:

Looks familiar?

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That flickering effect has caused at least one UFO researcher to claim that the object filmed by the TV crew was a “Chinese lantern” (read my objections to his conclusion in the comments below the clip):

(be sure to check out waytofarout2C’s stabilised UFO footage. Even though I disagree with his conclusion on this, he’s a sensible and objective researcher)

Finally, the government’s official report, if you look really hard, does indeed mention plasmas as a possible cause of the sightings and radar returns!…

*There was, right here, a link to declassified UK government memorandum on plasma based Unidentified Aerial Phenomena, a PDF. It was the smoking gun. A mindblower. This is not a joke. The PDF was lifted from Google and my link vanished. I received immediately afterwards a notification from Google about unusual activity on my account triggered by my search “plasma holographic radar decoy”.  I have searched my history and it’s gone. Wow.

Real XFiles stuff!


How did John Randle, a commercial pilot, know all this so casually back in 1978?

After all, this was before the internet, and holograms, as far as the general public were concerned, was the stuff of Star Wars. This was material that would surely have been highly classified.

So I decided to try and find out more about this John Randle. Perhaps something in his history would explain his apparent knowledge?

Tracking him down turned out to be a formidable task. Obviously he existed as Fogarty and the DSIR investigators communicated with him. One article added the info that he was John B. Randle.

I tried emailing a Peter Randle in the aviation industry to see if he was a relative, got no response.

Finally, I found this:…

So now we have the one and only candidate for the identity of the mysterious Mr. Randle. Armed with this extra detail, I tried searching online among records of births, deaths, viticulturist in the Marlborough region. Nothing. No further info.

At the time of finalising this blog, I have contacted who are devoted to this aircraft and the pilots who flew it. They also maintain an interest in the Kaikoura UFO mystery, so I figure if anyone knows anything about Randle, they will.

One more thing: at the climax of Close Encounters, when the alien mothership is revealed, R2D2, the hologram projecting robot of Star Wars, can be seen perched on the rim. A subtle clue perhaps I wonder?

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Hope you enjoyed the blog. All feedback and constructive criticism is welcome!

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Lunar Anomalies: The Vitally Object Analysed


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Take a good look at the links above and you will find a staggering resource of images that suggest everything is not as tranquil and barren on our lunar satellite as NASA would have us believe. For decades now, researchers like George H. Leonard, Colin Wilson and Richard Hoagland and more recently, David Ice, have been highlighting strange facts about the Moon and artificial looking objects photographed on the surface.

Issue #45 of Uncensored features one of the more obvious anomalies in the form of tracks made by some tall, highly reflective object (a boulder say NASA) that resolutely travels up and down hills, avoiding gullies, while other rocks remain unmoving. Bear in mind these pics were taken decades ago. Something of ours from a secret space program? Something extreterrestrial, from some other place or indigenous to the Moon?

Take a look, and share your thoughts and theories with us!























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Why Is Hillary Clinton Talking To Laurence Rockefeller & Holding A Book About Extraterrestrials?

are-we-aloneSome even believe we are part of a secret cabal working against the best interests of the United States, characterizing my family and me as “internationalists” and of conspiring with others around the world to build a more integrated global political and economic structure—one world, if you will. If that’s the charge, I stand guilty, and I am proud of it.