Legacy’s End

 

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Many people are curious as to what the real story was regarding UCLA’s former parapsychology lab, not a department, which existed from about 1967 through 1978.

This lab was located on the fifth floor within the former Neuropsychiatric Institute [NPI] (now the Semel Institute) at UCLA’s Center for the Health Sciences.  In many ways it was a clearinghouse for various researchers and scientists to visit and share data, conduct their own research or participate in ours. Each member of the lab sort of did their own “thing” in relationship to the lab’s operations.

The director of UCLA’s parapsychology lab was Dr. Thelma Moss, a clinical psychologist by training.  She initially began conducting studies of extrasensory perception (ESP), hypnosis, healing, alternative medicine, and the investigation of hauntings and poltergeists.. Dr. Moss received great accolades and academic respect for her pioneering research efforts and the contribution such made to the neonatal science of parapsychology.  She was a brilliant, accomplished and dedicated medical psychologist and parapsychologist.

Interestingly, Dr. Moss started her adult life, not in academia, but in the entertainment industry as an actress and screenwriter writer under her maiden name Thelma Schnee.  One of the films she co-wrote was Colossus of New York (1958), which starred Mala Powers, Otto Kruger and Ross Martin.

The story dealt with the transplantation of a human brain (Martin’s) into a large, menacing robot with an extraordinarily massive head.  The robot soon develops a rather evil personality and, somewhat prophetically, supernatural/paranormal powers.  Given the era that this film was produced in, that of low-budget sci-fi/horror films, it was quite well made for it’s time.   After the death of Thelma’s husband, almost immediately following the birth of their daughter, she went back to school to earn a doctorate in clinical psychology.

My involvement with the lab and Dr. Moss began as a research assistant and as a subject.  There was a formal study conducted on me starting in the fall of 1969 that was later published in a medical journal, “A Laboratory Investigation of Telepathy:  The Study of A Psychic” by Thelma Moss, Ph.D., Herbert H. Eveloff, M.D. and Alice Chang, M.A., in Behavioral Neuropsychiatry, Vol. 6, Numbers 1-12, April-December 1974-January-March 1975, pp. 71-80.

It was extremely difficult for Drs. Moss and Eveloff to even find a peer-reviewed journal that would publish this study, as its results were a just a little too good for most to believe, which is why it took so long for it to be put into print.

Moreover, the neurophysiological data collected on me over the course of the study was so “unique” shall we say, that even the aforementioned, publishing journal automatically assumed that the instrumentation used to collect such data must have been malfunctioning and in need of repair, which meant that the results were, at best, artifactual, and as such, they refused to publish that specific portion of the study.

Following the study, I stayed on and eventually became a research associate, which is a more dedicated and integral member of the lab, from which I started conducting more of my own research as described herein and elsewhere on this site.

However, after reading Psychic Discoveries Behind the Iron Curtain by Ostrander and Schroeder in 1971 and meeting Kendall Johnson shortly thereafter, who brought in his own homemade Kirlian photography apparatus, Dr. Moss totally changed her interest and orientation toward parapsychological research, as she erroneously assumed, as did almost everyone else, that Kirlian photography was indeed the human aura.

Dr. Moss became obsessed with this, then poorly understood corona-discharge photographic method and pretty much lost touch with her former parapsychological interests.   In the end, her compulsive obsession with Kirlian photography cost her her job and career, as she was ignoring her professional responsibilities at the NPI and not publishing the proper types of articles in the proper peer-reviewed journals.  You know the old phrase in academia “publish or perish”?  If one did not follow this tenant, they were toast in academia.

Dr. Moss was a very skilled clinical psychologist, but had no knowledge of photography, electronics, physics, electrophysiology or biophysics, and as such, she was totally out of her element in terms of investigating any paranormal linkage to Kirlian Photography.

Kirlian photography, for those who do not know of, or remember, is (and was), a high-voltage, very high-frequency, extremely low amperage processBioeletrografia-Kirlian that was applied to an electrode covered in a protective/insulating dielectric, in order to take pictures of what many originally thought was the aura.  That invisible, mythical part of ourselves that extends outward and carries within it who and what we are.   Unlike normal  photography, there’s no lens employed with this method.

The visually stunning color photographs generated by this method depicting people’s fingers, hands and plants, while intriguing to the eye, were not what they appeared to be.  These photos were so visually compelling, that many refused to look at the facts underlying them.  This was a situation where one only looks for evidence that support their own theories, which is not science.  Science is where your theory conforms to the data which supports it.

Unlike normal photography where one captures light reflected or emitted by the subject, Kirlian photography was totally dependent upon generating that high-voltage, low-amperage charge to run over the person or object in what’s known as the “skin effect”.  If the frequency was dramatically dropped and the amperage even marginally raised, you’d have been instantly electrocuted.  Basically, all the Kirlian photography was was attaching an old Tesla Coil to a timer and electrode plate.

As hardened scientists began examining and experimenting with this process, they discovered that it is little more than corona discharge, and is primarily mediated by the presence of moisture in or around the object being photographed.  While there appeared to be some potential applications for Kirlian photography as a non-destructive testing and evaluation method, it’s use in parapsychology was/is no more relevant than the old galvanic skin response (GSR) or an EKG.

A considerable amount of misinformation that sprang from Psychic Discoveries Behind the Iron Curtain, might literally have been a form of disinformation generated by our old cold war buddies within the Soviet Union?

Dr. Moss was an assistant professor of clinical psychology and she was finally promoted to an associate professor, but at the same time she was made an adjunct professor.   Essentially, this is equivalent to one step forward, two steps backwards.

She was eventually dismissed from her position at the NPI in late 1978, and she continued her work privately until she suffered a massive cerebral aneurysm in the late 1980’s requiring lengthy surgery and prolonged rehabilitation.  However, the severe physical damage and trauma to her brain left Dr. Moss in a mental state where she frequently confounded past and present, having almost no long-term memory and a severely impaired short-term memory.   Dr. Thelma Moss passed away on February 1st of 1997, at the age of 79.

On the other side of the coin, I was doing research on two fronts.  One aspect was in the lab, wherein I conducted psi training research groups from 1971 through 1980 (this matter is discussed in some detail in “Learned Psi:  Training to Be Psychic” on this site), and the field work of investigating ghosts, hauntings, poltergeists (The Entity and the Holly Mont cases, the stories of which are both found elsewhere on this site).  Both of these endeavors yielded considerable evidence in terms of our better understanding the nature of psi at many levels.

Many things led to the demise of our lab, chief among these were the following events which apparently attracted way too much media attention for UCLA in general and the NPI in particular.

It began with a rather lengthy, tongue-in-cheek article, “Ghost Watch In Hollywood”, on the front page of the Los Angeles Times View section on June 2nd 1976, dealing with the Hollymont haunting case (see chapter one “A Haunting Thought” of my book, Aliens Above, Ghosts Below: Explorations of the Unknown and The Hollymont Haunting: As Good As It Gets, elsewhere on this site).

This lead article mentioned the lab, Dr. Thelma Moss, Dr. Gerald Shure from psychology department on campus, myself and my colleague at the time. The reporting could have been far better in terms of its attitude, but also could have been much, much worse in painting all of us as nut jobs and lunatics.  This article attracted a great deal of attention at all levels, and was strike one against us.

Strike two occurred when our lab was visited by Eye on L.A. from KABC-TV, where they did a lengthy piece on both Gaynor and myself related to our field research.  That show was entitled “Ghost Hunters” and was the first time that holography was used in such an illustrative way in terms of its seemingly obvious relationship to ghosts and apparitions.  The show was nominated for an Emmy for its unique visual presentation.   This show generated even more publicity for the lab, which was not a good thing.

A few months later, yours truly was featured in another KABC-TV News show, “Psychic Wonders with Christine Lund”.  In this seven-part series, which ran daily for one week, I was using my medical intuitive ability to diagnose various members of the KABC-TV news staff on camera.  Apparently, I was very accurate in my diagnosis of the various news staff members.

Strike three, we were out!

In what seemed rather odd, I received absolutely no reaction or feedback regarding this final KABC appearance, at least no reaction I was aware of.

Behind the scenes however, there was a very strong reaction, where a bubbling cauldron of embarrassment, humiliation, anger, worry, concern and literal paranoia on the part of the powers that be at UCLA and the NPI specifically was brewing.

Adding considerable fuel and fool to this simmering pot, was the fact we (the lab) were actually teaching a ten week parapsychology course at UCLA Extension division from 1974 through 1976, for three quarters out of four, for each of those years.

These classes were held in Moore Hall 100, the largest lecture facility on campus back in those days (aside from Royce Hall).  The attendance was absolutely massive for each class, with standing room only in the 700-seat auditorium.  Needless to say, this level of response from the community and media was shooting even more holes in both our port and starboard sides.  We were sinking rapidly and weren’t even aware of it.

This proverbial shit was about to hit the fan, and the primary processed, precise manner of such was manifested in a most extraordinary way.

In early 1978 I had a very vivid dream about the lab.  In this dream, we’re all at the lab, Dr. Moss, Kerry, John and Francis as well as this author.

Suddenly, the head of the NPI, Dr. West, walked in and began talking about his dislike of the work we were doing.  In the midst of his ranting, the entire room began to violently shake, as though we were suffering a major earthquake.

As the shaking continued, the room felt as though it was falling and the entire building was collapsing beneath us.  We all attempted to grab onto something in response.  Then, the shaking and falling sensations abruptly ceased.  These motions were now replaced by others, that of moving horizontally.

All of our attention was immediately drawn to the lab’s windows facing west.  We were indeed moving horizontally.  However, there was an odd wooden plank of sorts upon which sat the rotted corpse of a woman.  To her right, was the rotted and mangled corpse of a large German Shepard.

Upon seeing these bizarre “corpses”, Dr. West let out a loud scream.  He told us that the woman sitting upon the plank was his dead sister and that the dog was her old German Shepard that was also dead.

Then the room’s motion entirely ceased.  I opened the only door the lab had and stepped out into what should have been the hallway.  Surprise!  No hallway, no building.

The image we were presented with was right out a horror movie.  We were now outdoors.  Under a brilliant full moon, the ground appeared as moist, dark, freshly turned earth, with a subtle shrouding of fog hanging over it.  Immediately before me were crude wooden steps that led down towards the ground.

Once upon the ground, I turned back and was shocked to discover that our lab’s room had turned into a early-to-mid 19th century funeral coach with glass walls and candled lights at each corner.  Sitting atop the driver’s bench was the rotted corpse-like woman with the mangled German Shepard.

I asked our “corpse driver” what all this was.  She or it, immediately answered, “I’ve brought you here to bury you because you’re dead.”   How nice of her to inform me of such.

I immediately awoke covered in sweat with a feeling that my heart was about to explode out of chest.  Can you say high anxiety night terror?

Words cannot convey my emotional reaction to this dream. It goes without saying that my first thought was that perhaps there would be a major earthquake and the entire NPI would collapse causing all of our deaths.  Not a pleasant thought.

After I had some time to logically and rationally think about the dream, there was a far more likely possibility that what I perceived was a horror-laden, melodramatic metaphor of our lab dying.

Of course, I had no way of knowing which of these interpretations was correct, although the second one seemed more likely.  I discussed my dream with Thelma, and she too thought it was little more than my insecurities about the lab’s future producing a fearful dream.

While this may have been partially correct, all of us in the lab were well aware of how Dr. West, the NPI’s officials and UCLA’ administrators in general, felt about our work.

Even in those early years, there was the formal, academic concern over political correctness.  Therefore, we all knew that we, and the lab, were living on borrowed time so to speak, as we had access to all the facilities and services of a conventional lab without any funding whatsoever.

I did formally look into filing research grant requests with the National Science Foundation (NSF) and the National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH).  As it turned out, both of these governmental agencies were somewhat interested in the laboratory work I was doing in learned psi, as were various other intelligence and military agencies referenced in my blog entitled “Learned Psi: Training to Be Psychic”.

However, UCLA and the NPI in particular, wanted nothing whatsoever to do with being formally and publicly associated with parapsychological research, as such would have surely been political suicide, even back in those halcyon times.  UCLA and the NPI made it very clear to me and the rest of us, that they would not allow or condone such efforts.

On the other hand, Dr. Moss had no interest in even filling a grant applications as she knew all the inherent problems associated with such procedures and the inevitable fallout related to it.  This scenario was the essence of a “Catch-22” situation, where no matter what we did, we would lose.  Thus, our fate was sealed.

Anyway, back to the story.

I did not totally subscribe to Thelma’s belief that my dream was nothing more than my subconscious fears regarding the lab’s inevitable demise, as it was common knowledge to all concerned that the lab’s days were numbered.  The possibility of our lab’s imminent death was no more on my mind at that moment in time that at any other.

After the passage of several days and then weeks, I pretty much forgot about this bizarre dream, and perhaps for good reason. Several weeks’ later Dr. West made an unexpected visit to the lab.  I’ll bet you can guess what happened next?

Dr. West proceeded to tell us that our lab would be shut down and its space given to others who had funding available that would pay for the requisite facilities and services we were getting free of charge.  Well, I guess nothing lasts forever, does it?

As Dr. West was leaving the lab I asked him if I could speak with him for a moment and he agreed.  I do not know what gave me the courage to ask Dr. West if he has a sister, but I did.  His reply was very enlightening.

Apparently, he did have a sister.  Naturally, given the content of my dream, I had to ask, “What do you mean, did?  He said that she died some time ago.  My immediate follow up to his reply was, “May I inquire as to what caused her death?”  “She suffered a protracted death from cancer which wasted most of her body”, the doctor said.  My immediate reply to Dr. West was to give my condolences. He thanked me, but then asked why I asked about his sister and I told him that someone had mentioned it to me some time ago and I was curious.

As I might never again have an opportunity to speak with Dr. West in such a casual manner, I quickly asked him one last question.  “Did your sister have a dog?”  West looked at me very strangely, cocking his head to one side, probably trying to figure out why I was asking such obscure questions of him.

He thought for a moment, finally answering.  “Why yes, she used to have a dog.”  I immediately followed up with, “What breed of dog?”,  “A German Shepard, he responded.  “What happened to that dog?” I asked.  Again, Dr. West looked at me as though I was a police detective conducting an intense interrogation of a suspect.

However, the good doctor answered my final question in saying that his sister’s German Shepard was killed in a violent auto accident many years before she herself passed.

I thanked Dr. West for his time and he walked away, never suspecting the real reason I asked such bizarre questions of a literal stranger.  Had I told him of my dream, he very likely would have thought that I belonged in the NPI as an inpatient, as he was extremely skeptical about such matters.

Having learned what I just did, it was obvious that my dream had a very common form of distortion called “primary process”.  In layman’s terms, this is a method by which our subconscious mind colors or modifies information going to our conscious mind that might otherwise be too painful or difficult to deal with.   Primary process distortion could be looked at as the noise as related to the signal.

Obviously, the thought of our lab closing was one that was far too painful for my conscious mind to deal with, so my unconscious cleverly cloaked it with the melodrama of a low-budget, Roger Corman, horror movie. This is certainly preferable to dying during an earthquake while in the lab, isn’t it?

This type of distortion is extremely common when dealing with paranormal perception.  In fact, it’s very rare when such does not occur.

Given the fact that some thirty-five years have passed, if you now call UCLA or the Semel Institute and question anyone there about our old lab, the reply is simple and direct, “There was never such a lab anywhere on campus”.

And as the Extension division does not have records going back that far, there’s no proof that we even taught parapsychology anywhere on campus at any time.

And even though stories about our lab appeared once in the UCLA Monthly and three times in The Daily Bruin, the school’s newspaper (although there was a piece on the lab published there in 2010, but they conveniently avoided mentioning the fact that the two of us [Taff & Gaynor] were also students on campus during that same period), numerous times, they too have not kept files or records regarding such stories going back that far in time.  At least that’s what they claim.

Thus officially, we never existed as far as UCLA is concerned, but that really doesn’t surprise me given their utter embarrassment of our presence and the passage of such an amount of time, as literally everyone we knew way back when is either no longer there, or has passed away.   I’m sure that this is the way the university would like it to remain, and I do not really blame them given all the junk-science paranormal unreality shows currently on television and online.

It’s odd how sensitive universities were to this matter some four decades ago and lengths they went to hinder and stifle research in this field.  However, even after the end of what was a real legacy, some of us continue our own research but now in the public sector, although some were discouraged at the loss of such a great facility in the midst of an incredible university and teaching hospital.

In the final analysis, all things must end, in order for other things to begin anew.  There may never be another facility like this on earth in my lifetime, but that doesn’t mean that it’s memory and the shining hope of faith it generated in all us will not live on long beyond our years.

I truly do not know what I would have done with my life and where I’d be today had it not been for the lab and the foundation it offered all of us in terms of organization, learning, evolving and growing.

There is no “what if” when it comes to this lab.  There was only what was and is.

Thank you for being there to help nurture and guide us along into this most intriguing and fascinating adventure of life in all its mysteries.

 

Come Fly With Me: The Last Plane Standing?

 

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Ever traveled across the country by plane?  Remember how long the entire flight took?  Four to five hours, right?  What if you could travel from Los Angeles to New York in less than thirty minutes with a superior level of comfort than available today?  Well, believe it or not, such advanced propulsion technology already exists and it has the power to deliver people, cargo and unfortunately weapons, anywhere on earth in less than one hour.

This type of aircraft has been in use since the early 1990’s and was developed by Lockheed Martin’s Advanced Development Corporation (Skunk Works) under a program called Aurora, and has never been acknowledged by the United States Air Force (USAF) or the US government in general.

If you’re alive today and reading this post, don’t expect to ever fly by this method anywhere for any reason in your lifetime, it’s that much of a classified unacknowledged special access program (USAP) whose development budget has very likely exceeded $100 billion by padding other defense acquisition programs.  USAP programs have absolutely no congressional oversight, meaning they can spend as much as they desire without concern.

The Aurora, sometimes referred to as Senior Citizen, the SR-78, SR-91 or F-100, is the follow-on replacement aircraft for the coveted SR-71

Blackbird spy plane also from Lockheed Martin.  Aurora is a hypersonic (Mach 5+), trans-atmospheric, wave-riding, single stage to orbit (SSTO)

Lockheed SR-71 Blackbird

spaceplane, that can cruise at speeds in excess of Mach 15 (11,000+ mph) at 200,000 feet altitude.

The Aurora might be considered the first single-stage-to-orbit vehicle, something the old Space Shuttle design started out as, but was reconfigured and cheapened due to lack of adequate funding.  Sound familiar?  But wait, there’s much more.

Lockheed-Martin’s SR-91 Aurora?

This incredible vehicle most likely incorporates a combined cycle, pulsed detonation wave turbojet, turbo-ramjet, scamjet (Supersonic Combustion Ram Jet) and rocket using liquid methane fuel and oxidizer within one system, a true masterpiece of aerospace propulsion engineering.

Built of composite materials, this crew of three vehicle might also be able to deliver micro satellites into low-earth-orbit (LEO).   According to eyewitnesses who have seen the Aurora in flight, the engine’s sound is extremely loud, sounding like the sky literally being torn apart while occasionally leaving peculiar donuts-on-a-rope contrails behind it.

It’s predecessor, the SR-71 was developed in the early sixties through the engineering genius of Kelly Johnson, the former head of Lockheed.  While it’s official top speed is recorded as Mach 3.2, or 2,193 mph at 80,000 feet, that is primarily disinformation.

From speaking with several retired SR-71 pilots “off-the record”, the SR-71 flew hypersonic on a regular basis and could easily reach altitudes of 100,000 feet.

During the cold war, the Blackbird flew with impunity over the the former USSR, China and Vietnam from the mid-1960’s through the late 1980’s, as there was nothing in existence back then that could touch it.

Even today, most anti-aircraft weapons, especially missiles, are not hypersonic (but they’re currently under development and very costly).  The old USAF ABM (Anti-Ballistic Missile) Sprint and Spartan systems would have been hypersonic, had they ever been deployed.  Our SALT treaties prevented that system from ever seeing the light of day.

There’s also the persistent rumor that the SR-71 could project a radar image of itself up to five miles away from it’s own fuselage, which was inherited

from the slightly older, medium range, supersonic, General Dynamics/Convair B-58 Hustler delta-winged bomber, which sucked fuel like a pig and

Convair B-58 Hustler Bomber

was very limited in its payload and range and therefore didn’t see long service with the USAF, but nevertheless stills holds some impressive records for altitude and speed of manned bombers in sustained supersonic flight.  And remember, this technology is more than six decades old.

Given the real performance envelope of the Blackbird, I wonder whether there was ever the thought of  eventually incorporating attitude control thrusters on its wingtips, nose and tail in order to maneuver at altitudes above 100,000 feet where dynamic control surfaces are all but useless.  Making a turn at Mach 3+ speed requires about 5-6 states (like Nevada, Arizona, Colorado, Idaho & Oregon) of space.

Trying to maneuver at such velocities poses many inertial problems as just witnessed by the second failure of the unmanned, USAF’s  Hypersonic “Faclon HST” that recently plunged into the ocean due to inertial coupling.

Aurora’s shape is quite extraordinary and radically different than almost everything else flying except the Lockheed Martin TR3A & B.  In some ways, it’s derivative of the early 1960’s Mach 3, North American XB-70 Valkyrie bomber, whose legacy ended in a fiery crash during a test flight and the USAF’s realization that ICBMs were the wave of the future as opposed to manned bombers, at least until someones brainchild became the low-level, subsonic, Rockwell B1A & B Lancer were developed as a make-work’s defense program.  Now, the USAF wants to upgrade the B1Bs into a full supersonic B1R with Mach 3 capability.

XB-70 Valkyrie Mach 3 Bomber

In still other ways, you can clearly see the SR-71 lineage in the Aurora’s illustrations depicted here.   Majestic, to say the least, isn’t it?  Think of a highly tapered, 75 degree triangular shape with twin vertical stabilizers above and below the rear wing trailing edges at each corner.

In the center of the blended body triangle is the fuselage which incorporates the combined cycle engine nacelles in the aft, ventral portion of the triangular hull.

Another interesting application of advanced aerodynamics which might also be incorporated within Aurora comes from Northrop’s B-2 Spirit Stealth Bomber, where the leading and trailing edges of the plane’s fuselage are charged with polarized, high-voltage electrostatic (ES) fields during flight to significantly reduce the drag coefficient and possibly generate a subtle form of wave-riding.

With this application, the power required to achieve lift, vector thrusting and maintaining stable hypersonic flight would be dramatically reduced and might even create a powerful laminar flow that helps prevent air compression that leads to a sonic shock wave and boom.

Another possible application of the electrostatic field generators might be to absorb and scatter any incoming microwave energy (radar)

Northrop B-2 Stealth Bomber
Northrop B-2 “Spirit” Stealth Bomber

further reducing the B-2/Aurora radar cross-section.  In fact, the patents filed regarding this specific ES power usage openly discuss this specific function. although few possess the technical knowledge to comprehend it.   And just think, these systems were all developed in the 1980’s, some thirty years ago!  I wonder as to whether the high amplitude ES fields were reverse engineered from recovered, crashed UFOs?  Interesting possibility?

Certainly the most tantalizing technology that could be employed in such a “black” aircraft is an electro-chromic skin.  This is where the entire fuselage, wings and tail of an aircraft are covered with sophisticated sensors that detect and read the surrounding visual environment and mimic it.  Therefore, if you were looking up at an electro-chromic aircraft, its ventral section, or bottom, would look exactly like the sky above the vehicle.

Similarly, if you were looking down upon the plane, its dorsal, or top section, would resemble the air and ground beneath it.   The end result would make you believe that you’re staring into empty space.   Visually, this is very similar to the way the alien creature was depicted in the Predator movies.  For all intents and purposes, this is a visual cloaking device, but not for radar evasion.

This technology does exist and has been somewhat openly discussed over the last decade or so.  This is not science fiction.  Whether such has even been applied to a military craft currently in service is another question altogether.

The physical evidence strongly indicating that the Lockheed Martin’s Aurora SR-91 exists and routinely flies, was photographed on at least one

SR-91 Aurora spy plane photographed by Space Shuttle Endeavor during STS-61 in 1986.

Space Shuttle flights (STS 61, 5th flight of the Endeavor Shuttle, 1st Hubble Space Telescope service mission) where the astronauts are shooting video through a window only to record the impressive black, triangular, hypersonic spaceplane in a hard left bank.

When they go tight on this flying machine, you can clearly see precise details on the fuselage and the vertical stabilizers on each of the trailing edge corners (shown here at right).

I wonder how the astronauts felt knowing the the shuttle in which they’re flying is obsolete space junk compared to the SSTO Aurora cruising beneath them?

I guess it’s like driving a forty year old Chevy Impala and video taping a new Porsche 918 passing you in the left lane.

One doesn’t need to think much to realize that what they’re driving of flying is little more than primitive, old world garbage.  The incredibly rapid forward movement of aerospace technology is truly astounding.

Will the Aurora program ever be declassified?  It’s very unlikely, given that much of it’s technology is still way too sensitive for public dissemination.   However, as our military/defense industry is dying a rather slow, agonizing death, who really knows what the end will bring?.  When we consider the fact that Lockheed Martin’s F-22 Raptor fighter was supposed to cost “only” $139 million per plane, but eventually ballooned up to approximately $430 million, the orders dropped from the original 687 to about 180.  What a surprise?

Lockheed-Martin F-22 Raptor

To make matters even worst, the F-22 has been plagued with numerous problems such as its corroding stealth coating that is very difficult and costly to maintain, which completely breaks down if encountering water (so much for fighting in the rain). You don’t need ground-based, anti-aircraft missiles or AAA to shoot down this turkey, just a good strong water hose or squirt gun.

For every hour that an F-22 flies, it requires at least thirty (30) hours of maintenance, has a critical failure for every 1.7 hours of flight (Mean Time Between Failure [MTBF] = 1.7 hours), it’s canopy often refuses to open resulting in pilots having to be cut out with plasma torches, and it’s pilot oxygen delivery system failures have caused several crashes and pilot deaths, forcing the entire fleet of around 180 planes to be grounded.  Hard to imagine that the engineers who designed the F-22 simply made such critical errors in such an incredibly expensive aircraft?

However, when learning the the building of the F-22 was outsourced to 40 different states across the U.S. so almost very congressman’s district would receive jobs, it’s not hard to understand why many of the aircraft’s components did not fit and had to be individually retooled before they could be properly assembled.

The F-22 might be the largest financial boondoggle in our military’s history.  Every time your taxes increase just remember that they’re being wisely spent on worthless technology that will not perform its job as intended.  It just amazing to discover how utterly corrupt and incompetent our government has become, and it doesn’t really matter who’s living in the White House at the time either.

Then we have the Lockheed Martin F-35 Joint Strike Fighter (JSF), the 21st century replacement for the subsonic Sea Harrier Jump Jet, the F-15, F-16 & the F-18.  The F-35 Lightning was going to be the most lucrative defense contract in military history with over 2,500 aircraft being sold to the Air Force, Navy, Marines and many allied countries.  The F-35 was designed as a supersonic Vertical-Short Take Off and Landing (VSTOL) aircraft that could be deployed on standard runways, carriers and into theaters with very short or no runways at all.

Lockheed-Martin F-35

Seemingly the perfect aircraft for all reasons, except for one of cold, hard cash.  Rather than being outgunned by an enemy, the world’s collapsing economy forced the F-35 JSF program to be canceled as neither we, nor anyone else, can afford these new technological wonders anymore.

However, the program has been restarted and canceled several times over the last ten years, where they’re trying to fix the numerous glitches with the aircraft.  And as if the F-22, the F-35’s final cost inflated from only $78 million per plane to over $138 million.  What a deal?

And let’s not forget that the Pratt & Whitney F119 engine developed for F-35 turned out to be woefully underpowered for VSTOL functions, causing it to have a critical power failure rate causing the jets to suddenly lose power and crash.  Additionally, F-35’s have now starting catching fire while preparing for takeoff which has once again, ground all F-35’s.   And like its F-22 cousin, the F-35’s is plagued with identical problems; stealth coating corroded away from oxidation and the presence of moisture, its canopy refused to open and the pilot’s oxygen delivery also repeatedly failed.  This is what happens when a major defense contractor outsources their components to 40 states with little attention to precision and coordination.

“The F-35 Joint Strike Fighter… is not, in fact, stealthy in the eyes of a growing number of Russian and Chinese radars,”  Aviation Week said. It said the jet, which the Pentagon hopes would be stealthy, is “having all sorts of shortcomings.” The report said the jet is not even effective in “jamming enemy radar”, adding that the US Defense Department is spending “hundreds of billions of dollars” for a “fighter that will need the help of specialized jamming aircraft.” It said the F-35 is even “susceptible to detection by radars operating in the VHF bands of the spectrum.”

The report said Russian armed forces have been armed with a “highly counter stealth radar system” – unveiled at an air show last August – that is able to “track small targets once the VHF radar has detected them.”The Air Force reports “Initial results with the new increment of Block 2B software indicate deficiencies still exist in fusion, radar, electronic warfare, navigation, electro-optical target system, distributed aperture system, helmet-mounted display system, and datalink.”  Each F-35 fighter jet is valued at $138 million. The F-35 has not even been equipped with “onboard jamming.”

Fatal flaws within the cockpit of the US military’s most expensive fighter jet ever are causing further problems with the Pentagon’s dubious F-35 program. The fleet of the F-35 Joint Strike Fighters was grounded for reasons unrelated; a new report from the Pentagon warns that any pilot that boards the pricey aircraft places himself in danger without even going into combat. In a leaked memo from the Defense Department’s director of the Operational Test and Evaluation Directorate to the Joint Chiefs of Staff, the Pentagon official cautions that even training missions cannot be safely performed on board the aircraft at this time.

Pilots claim, “The head rest is too large and will impede aft [rear] visibility and survivability during surface and air engagements,”  “Aft visibility will get the pilot gunned [down] every time” in dogfights, remarked another. A routine inspection on a test plane at Edwards Air Force Base turned up cracked engine turbine blades.

The 25-page report, scheduled to be delivered to Congress this week, provided a disturbing glimpse of the aircraft’s Block 2B software, which is currently not performing at the level of earlier expectations and could significantly delay deployment of the plane.

Thanks to http://www.veteranstoday.com

What a piece of junk.  Goodbye, good riddance.

Speaking of squandered military money, one cannot fail to mention the Navy’s supersonic cruise McDonnell Douglas/General Dynamics A-12 Avenger II attack aircraft that was supposed to replace the aging F-14 Tomcat and the very old A-6 Intruder.  This stealthy, exotic, tailless, triangular-shaped Avenger would have been a wonder for the Navy and possibly even Marines with it’s stealth, range, speed and payload advantages over its

A-12 Avenger II Experimental Stealth Bomber

predecessors.  The A-12 Avenger II was to be purchased by not only the US Navy, but by the Marines and Air Force as well, totaling well over 600 aircraft.

The A12 Avenger II eventually gained the nickname of “flying Dorito” due to its shape and rapid disappearance.

However, the inevitable cost overruns, major electronic system errors and haggling within the Pentagon and DOD killed this most promising machine only after spending billions on its development during the late 1980’s and early 1990’s.

Never let it be said that our tax dollars are not being well spent, especially when a hammer or toilet seat in the military can cost many thousands of dollars?

Yet, we’re wondering why our country is near bankruptcy?  Can’t imagine?

Given that the US is far too broke to field new military aircraft, what happens when our aging fleet of F-15s, F-16’s & F-18’s are no longer air worthy due to the fatigue and stress factors of their time?  There’s already been incidents where these decades-old aircraft are breaking apart in mid-flight due to fuselage fatigue.

As these fighters can pull up to 9 g’s during combat maneuvering, the accumulated stress is enormous.  As military pilots are considered expendable assets, their safety is somewhat ignored.

However, it’s hard to fathom the fact that the probability of being killed while flying a military aircraft (even in non combat conditions) is one in four, that’s 25%!  If commercial aviation had that kind of attrition factor, the airlines would have gone out of business long ago as no one with a brain would ever fly.  So when we run out of fighters and bombers, what then?

Remember the Boeing/Sikorsky RAH-66 Comanche helicopter being developed for the Army several years ago?  It also got the production axe (after spending several billions in development) due to budgetary constraints.  But much of its stealth technology somehow ended up in the helicopter used by Seal Team Six that killed Bin Laden several months ago.  As they could not afford to deploy something new, maybe they simply applied some of the new systems to older helicopter models? I wonder how much of the crashed stealth helicopter was really salvaged?

Boeing/Sikorsky RAH-66 Comanche Helicopter

Some years back there was an interesting concept circulating in our military given the enormous cost of developing and producing ever more advanced aircraft.  Military planes would eventually become so insanely expensive that there be only one fighter/bomber in existence.

On one day, the Air Force would have it.  On the next day, the Navy would get to use it.  On the third day, the Marines would have their way with it.  On the fourth day that Army could use it (what does the Army need fixed-wing aircraft for?). For the remaining days of the week, the different military branches would simply draw straws to determine who had access to the last military flying machine.

It’s sad to admit that we have now reached this point.  Maybe some good will eventually come out of all of this.  If the world grows so economically depressed that it’s armed forces can no longer afford advanced weapons of war, perhaps war will become obsolete as the world can no longer afford building more efficient weapons for depopulating the earth (do you remember where this particular line of dialogue comes from?).

Most people do not even know what really caused the collapse of the former “Evil Empire”.  It’s really amazing to discover how well disinformation works on a global scale when it comes down to strategic war planning.

What really caused the collapse of the former Soviet Union was their belief that the US military was going to build and deploy President Ronald Reagan’s “Star Wars” or Strategic Defense Initiative (SDI), that would have consisted of a constellation of orbiting directed energy weapon satellites to shoot down enemy missiles in their boost phase.

Instead of the Soviet economy building cars, appliances, televisions, stoves, etc., most of the country’s money went towards developing effective countermeasures to SDI that was, in reality, nowhere near mature enough to even think about deploying.

Some thirty years later, such directed energy weapon technology is still too crude to effectively deploy on earth at the scale discussed by Reagan, let alone in orbit.  Even the current Airborne Laser (ABL) program aboard a heavily modified Boeing 747, which has demonstrated great success thus far during testing and evaluation,  has been scraped due to lack of funds.

So without firing a single shot and turning the cold war into a hot one, Reagan defeated the old “evil empire” as he put it.  Problem is, we’re in the same place today that the Soviet Union was a mere twenty-two years ago, but for different reasons.  What if they gave a war and no one came because they could not afford to attend?  Sound interesting?

Then of course, there is the developing unmanned combat aerial vehicles (UCAV) that are smaller, cheaper, can perform maneuvers impossible for living drivers and do not put pilots and their families in harm’s way.  Wow, a unilaterally deathless war, at least from our end.

What really saddens me is the fact that all of this incredible aerospace technology will never come to serve us in a commercial way, in making the transport of people and cargo extremely efficient and timely.

Although without war, most of our modern conveniences such as jets, microwave ovens, cordless and cellular telephones phones might never have been invented.

However, the incredible strides within the military that have been made over the last sixty years are so extraordinary. that many of them threaten the very power structure of modern society in general and therefore may never see the light of day in terms of making a better way of life.

But what if brilliant minds that design, develop and build such astounding weapons were turned loose to improve the human condition at every level?  May the day when we finally beat our spears into plow shears be close at hand?

Only time and the collapsing world economy will tell, although it’s when one is down on their collective knees that their adversaries are likely initiate warfare.

A scary thought for everyone.

Perhaps this time more level heads will prevail?   What do you think?

The Real Entity Case

 

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Contrary to what many people believe, the case of Doris Bither, that later became the novel and motion picture The Entity, was not, in my professional opinion, the result of spectral rape, .a.k.a. spectrophilia, but a rather disturbingly real poltergeist outbreak.   Unfortunately, the amassed data on the case does not in any way support ghostly sex, but back in the mid-1970’s in my mid-20’s, such a notion was intriguing to say the least.

The passage of almost four decades and the experience of thousands of more cases, have provided this author with a rather unique perspective regarding such experiences and claims.  Remember, extraordinary claims require extraordinary evidence, and while there was plenty of evidence that we were dealing with real paranormal phenomena, it very likely had nothing whatsoever to do with incorporeal sex, except in the minds of Doris and her children.

Doris was very evasive and somewhat cryptic regarding her background, so much so that she refused to even tell us her age, which we knew was older than ours, but not by how many years.  Had we pushed Doris hard to reveal more about her hellish past, such efforts on our part might have pushed us right off the case.

Had we even attempted to secure the type of background information we currently collect, such as medical, psychological, family psychodynamics, prescribed medications (names of meds, dosage and duration) as well as recreational drugs and alcohol usage, Doris would surely have shown us the door from the outset.  We had no way of knowing just how utterly disturbing of a life she really had led: disowned by her family as a young teenager and cast out to fend for herself.

It’s fascinating the way time has a way of providing answers to those who wait.  Some years ago, I was contacted by Javier Ortega from Ghost Theory.com to interview me on The Entity case.  Somewhat later, Javier also interviewed one of Doris Bither’s sons, Brian Harris.

Brian spoke to Javier of how his mother was banished by her family while still a teenage due to her rambunctious lifestyle and rebellious nature.  How his mom started playing with Ouija Boards and séances at very early age, finally mixing such with drugs and alcohol to quell the irritable psyche within her.

Brian’s interview was disturbing at many levels in that he continuously contradicted himself in terms of his responses to all questions asked of him, certainly damaging his credibility as a witness.  It was not until Javier interviewed Doris’s other two sons that he learned that Brian was a chip off the old mother’s block in terms of drinking and drugs.  However, some of his statements were supported by corroborative testimony by his brothers.

According to Doris’s other sons, there were subtle amounts of paranormal phenomena present long before she moved onto Braddock Drive in Culver City, California.  They spoke of some psychokinetic events and even the occasional apparition, although I would never refer to such an occurrence as subtle.

However, not long after Doris moved from Santa Monica to Culver City, a strange Hispanic woman appeared at her door warning that her house was a bad or evil dwelling.  When Doris asked what the lady was talking about, the mysterious lady simply walked away without further explanation.  Shortly thereafter, Doris was beset with the paranormal attacks.  Was there a connection, in that the unknown lady knew something ugly about that particular ramshackle tinderbox Doris now lived in, or was this just a coincidence?  We’ll never really know unless we find that woman, some thirty-seven years later.

Currently, Javier is in the final stages of writing a book about Doris Bither and The Entity case from the perspective of her three male children, which begins long before we made her acquaintance in the summer of 1974.  Such detailed information may help us further clarify exactly what occurred and why, some 37 years ago.  Although, as it appears that Doris is not available to further study, we must deal with the somewhat fragmented memories of her children.

Doris Bither (The Entity case) framed by a luminous anomaly (1974)

According to Doris’s son’s, she passed away in 1999 at the tender young age of 58 from respiratory failure, and as such we’ll never really know if Doris fit the longitudinal pattern that has emerged in this type of parapsychological research strongly indicating a link between poltergeist activity and epilepsy/seizure prone individuals coupled with anomalous electromagnetic/geomagnetic environments.

It would have been really interesting to have given Doris a full neurophysiological medical workup combined with taking environmental electromagnetic and geomagnetic measurements.  Odds are, that such data collection would have revealed the true nature of what was really going on here.

Due to the fame or infamy this case gathered over time, there’s an incredible amount of misinformation and disinformation circulating about what did and did not actually occur back in 1974-5.  There has even been erroneous scuttlebutt pertaining to when Doris died, to the point where many mistook the death of Barry Conrad’s ex-girlfriend, Lisa McIntosh in 2006, as that of Doris Bither.

There have also been many people who have claimed that they were part of our lab and were also part of our investigation of this case.  There were only three names formally associated with this case, one being Kerry Gaynor, my associate at the time, Dr. Thelma Moss, the head of our former UCLA parapsychology lab (who only visited the site on one occasion), and yours truly.

During the last three decades I can think of at least ten different people who’ve claimed to have worked with us on this case.  Some of them I’ve never even met and would not even know if standing next to in a room.  Over those many years, people in other states have even claimed that The Entity case occurred in their own backyard, not here in a suburb of Los Angeles.  Put simply, they’re all lying or emotionally disturbed.

In recent years. several others have surfaced, who were even more blatant and deceptive in the claims.  One of them has recently been boasting to have worked in our lab, where we were allegedly training him as a medium to work for the U.S. government when he was well under eighteen years of age at the time.  This man is either a seriously disgusting opportunist, delusional or just psychotic.

Neither our lab, nor the U.S. government, has ever trained anyone as mediums, and we were not even allowed to work with anyone under the age of eighteen due to the university’s Human Use Committee regulations.  Such people should at least check their historical facts before pontificating.

More recently, a psychopathic woman has appeared on the scene who has been attempting to take credit for every case on the book, such as the one mentioned in chapter three (“A Hazardous Haunting”) of my book as well as The Entity case.  You can read more about this criminally insane excuse of a human female on this site at “A Demon’s Lair”.  This is one seriously frightening person to be around.  If one needs to chase a demon, there’s one just waiting for you in La Crescenta.  But beware; your valuables might mysteriously disappear while in her presence.  Trust me on this, as this paranormal predator has stolen very large sums of money from her her benefactor (the man she lives with).  Spend time with her at your own risk.  This is not a joke.

As there are no academic credentials required for anyone to go out and investigate the paranormal as they try emulating the garbage they’ve seen on cable TV paranormal reality shows, every uneducated and ignorant new age groupie is out there looking for demons.  Like I just said, there’s one in La Crescenta waiting to be captured and disposed of.  What are you waiting for?

To fully comprehend the possibility that a living person’s subconscious mind can involuntarily generate such power as to manifest luminous anomalies, apparitions and macroscopic psychokinetic events, is for me, far more compelling than if a discarnate intelligence was responsible.

My assessment and conclusions are fully discussed within Chapter 2 (The Real Life Entity Case) of my book Aliens Above, Ghosts Below: Explorations of the Unknown.

The following is written by GhostTheory.com’s Javier Ortega:

I never imagined being in the place in which I stand today. For years, I’ve read about the Doris Bither case and thought that such claims as “spectral rape” were of the most absurd things that I’ve ever heard.

Although I was highly skeptical about this case, something inside of me was always terrified when I would read over the case details just for fun. What I never imagined was I being involved in such manner with this case.

A case that officially began in 1974, but has a much longer and darker history to it. Four years before my birth, a single mother of four, living under dire circumstances, battled unseen forces that physically assaulted her and her children in a small house in Culver City, California.

Thirty-seven years later, I find myself believing that Doris did suffer some paranormal assaults against her body. Assaults from unseen forces in which Doris was, and always had been, the catalyst to.

There are three journals sitting on my desk that are full of notes. These notes are my prized possession. It took me years to catalog in a chronological order the major events in Doris’ life. With the help of Doris’ eldest son, I managed to get an insight to the life of Doris Bither.

A life full of abandonment, abuse and a very deep and dark void.  As I sometimes glance through my journals, I can’t help but feel that Doris’ psychodynamics with her family, started her off in a wrong direction in life.

It only became worse, after an adolescent Doris Bither got mixed up with the dark side of seances.  Something that at first seemed like bar trick to impress her friends, became an obsession that quickly spun out of control.  Sending Doris in a hellish ride that continued on until the final moments of her life.

Although there is much more to Doris’ life and haunting that I can mention in this article, I can tell you that all the evidence leads up to this being a case of extraordinary psychokinetic powers.

Or at least that’s how I see things.

Dr. Barry Taff is correct when he stated that Brian Harris seemed to contradict himself when I interviewed him.

Although this is evident in the interview, I don’t believe this was done with intent.

As I recall, when talking with Brian for a few hours over the phone, he seemed extremely agitated and very emotional over the fact that some things that were written about his mother were not true.

He was so emotional that it was apparent how jumbled his thoughts were at the moment. Mr. Harris just wanted to get the facts out there about his mother. He is the middle child and remembers a few things quite clearly.

“She was no drunk. Sure she liked to drink every now and then, but not the way they [investigators] painted her.”

I listened intently as the sound of his voice cracked a little.

“And all that stuff about her manifesting these entities because of there being three young males in the house that created this ‘tension’ is all crap! These things were real! I saw them and they saw us.”

I do believe Mr. Harris experienced things that his other brothers did not.

There was a time when one of the children was slapped by an unseen hand during the middle of the night. Another story involves one of the boys bumping into an invisible person in the hallway.

The boys all experienced and saw different things throughout the years, but the bottom-line is that they ALL experienced something in that house. Something that was paranormal.

I had mention to Dr. Taff when we first met that Doris was visited by an old Mexican lady when she had first moved in to the house in Braddock drive.

She received a knock at the front door and was surprised to see an old Mexican woman standing there. Possibly in her 70s or 80s, the woman seemed somber and was there to delivery a chilling message:

“You need to get out! I used to live here in this old house, back when it was just a farm and I was a little girl. There is something very evil here. This place is haunted and you need to get out!”

The old Mexican woman left without saying another word. This warning unnerved both Doris and her eldest son. It was only a few months after that dire warning that the attacks began.

The life of Doris is plagued with demons both literally and figuratively speaking. Because of the vast amount of information that I was privileged to have, Doris eldest son and I have been talking about converting his memories of the time spent on Braddock drive into a book.

A book that I’ve been working on for some time and expect to finish soon. The book contains major events in Doris’ life in a chronological order. From the day she abandoned her family in Illinois, to her final days.

Doris Bither passed away alone in a room, a room from which her son reported seeing balls of light appear just like they did back in the early 70s. You see, Doris died a haunted woman.

The book is a project in the works and I expect to have it complete late this year.

This will be a first-hand account of Doris’s eldest son.

The dark past he knew about his mother, his experiences during the time spent on Braddock drive and his adult life with his mother.

This is a non-fiction piece, based on meticulous research into the case.

With the help from the good folks over at the Los Angeles County Hall of Records and Doris’ family, I piece together the history of one of the greatest cases in the annals of the paranormal.

Javier Ortega
August, 6, 2011
Los Angeles, CA