BRIEF REPORTS from INVESTIGATOR MAGAZINE 60 to 69
WORLD'S END DELAYS
Chen, leader of
the 150 Taiwanese members of God's Salvation Church in Texas, predicted
the end for March 25th. He said the Sun, Moon and stars would disappear
and God would appear on television with instructions about rescue via a
flying saucer. Then, on March 31st God would appear in the front yard
of Chen's house. (The Advertiser March 26 p. 36)
TRAUMA FOR JWs
mother tried to burn her three children to death, then dowsed herself
in petrol and lighted herself. The Arizona Republic (1998,
March 21) reported that Kelly Blake, 34, was in critical condition, son
Ramon, 12, was critical, daughter Vanessa, 9, was dead, and son John,
14, was OK.
a JW husband defied his religion and got a court order to allow his JW
wife life-saving blood transfusions after she lost litres of blood
during childbirth complications. (Herald Sun 1998, February 26, p. 2)
In 1993 a 12-year-old JW girl who suffered from a condition which
required regular transfusions to prevent a fatal buildup of iron, died
in Melbourne when her parents forbade transfusions. (p. 11)
Investigator has access
to a collection of about 800 press reports about JWs. Many are about
suicide, deaths from rejecting transfusion, Kingdom Hall arsons, child
custody disputes, and emotional trauma and family breakups due to
shunning ex members.
FACE ON MARS
new pictures of
the so-called "Face on Mars" by the Mars Global Surveyor showed it to
be a natural chunk of rock. Believers who used the "Face" as proof of a
Martian civilization were wrong. By assessing the evidence and going
with the odds Investigator Magazine concluded nine years ago
that the " Face" is a "natural phenomenon" and the inference of a
Martian civilization "rather silly". (No. 5, 1989 March)
SEARCH FOR ATLANTIS
know there's a
"Race to find fabled Atlantis"? (The Advertiser 1998 January 10
Colonel John Blashford-Snell is leading a team to Bolivia. The Colonel
examined satellite photographs to search the world for features that
match Plato's description.
director of the Moscow Institute of Metahistory, plans to examine an
underwater hill 160 km off the English coast near Land's End. The area
is named in Cornish legend as "Lyonesse" a city with 140 temples.
about Atlantis number hundreds but the existence of the place has never
been confirmed. Theorised locations of Atlantis can be almost anywhere
— Sweden, the Antarctic, the Atlantic, the Mediterranean, the Black
Sea, Nigeria, Libya, Spain, etc!
Australians believe found that 66% believe in God and 34% didn't. Over
50% believed in the paranormal including prophetic dreams and that
illnesses can be cured by the power of the mind. (Sunday Mail 1998,
March, p. 36)
INVESTIGATOR 61, 1998
JERICHO WALLS DID NOT
archaeologists — Lorenzo Nigro and Nicolo Marchetti — did a month-long
dig at Jericho early in 1997. They failed to find evidence of its
conquest by Joshua and the Israelites. They concluded, from the section
they excavated, that the walls did NOT fall as described in the Bible.
(The Advertiser 1997 June 21 p. 6)
found that only
66% of Australians believe in God. The Head of the Uniting Church,
Reverend Harry Herbert, attributed this to Australians believing "in
accumulating things for themselves" whereas Christianity teaches self
denial and serving others. According to the survey over 50% believe in
the paranormal including faith healing and prophetic dreams. (The
Sunday Mail 1998 March 15 p. 36)
has a few spelling/typing errors in most editions. However, even
major publications backed by immense resources have such mistakes.
They've even been spotted in Time and New Scientist —
although rarely. One of the most error-free, as regards spelling, is The
recent year a major
Australian newspaper had the wrong date i.e. the wrong year throughout
one of its January editions!
(1997 March) provided a checklist of ways to "Evangelise Ethics".
They probably meant "Ethnics".
(1995 February 4 p. 40) had "ecause" instead of "because". The
editorial for 1998 March 14 had "now" instead of "know".
Care News, a
Baptist newsletter, gave the year 1977 in a report where context
indicated 1997 was meant. (1997 February p. 4)
Adelaide had the words "bowl cancer" in a heading rather than "bowel
cancer". (1997 February 15)
Plus (1998 January 25 p. 22) had "1994" as the production date of
Missing in Action starring Chuck Norris. The date should be 1984.
had "indentity" rather than "identity". (1998 May 10 p. 12)
a weekly newspaper of Adelaide, had the date January 14 on its edition
(No. 2412) for January 21. The previous number (No. 2411) was also
January 14 but correctly so.
Jehovah's Witnesses had the cover attached upside down and back to
TRANSFUSION REJECTED —
parents sued famous
American heart surgeon Denton Cooley for malpractice because their
child died after surgery. Cooley's attorney argued that rejection of
blood transfusion had made the heart surgery riskier. The jury cleared
him. (Houston Chronicle 1995 November 18 p. 42A)
INVESTIGATOR 62, 1998
up report of a
1976 Billy Graham crusade in Seattle gave:
eight days: 434,000
converts 15% or
1,285 became active church members. (Time 1978 January 23)
Crusade in Adelaide this year attracted about 70,000 in three days with
3500 going forward. This ratio is close to the Seattle result. If the
rest of the figures also correspond, then about 250 in Adelaide will
become long-term church members. Since the Crusade cost about $500,000
to stage, this comes to $2,000 for each new active church member.
SAUCERS IN SWITZERLAND
Switzerland is the reincarnation of Christ and the true prophet for the
New Age. As proof he took a thousand photos of flying saucers between
1975 and 1991. In the 20 years following January 1975 he had 700
meetings with Pleiadians who come from the Pleiades — a group of stars
over 400 light years away.
travelled, he claims, faster than light through "hyperspace" and also
through time and has photos of cavemen and of dinosaurs and of God to
Meier to produce the Talmud Immanuel — the "last true testament of
people think Mr
Meier is a fake and a liar. Read Spaceships of the Pleiades: The
Billy Meier Story (1995) by Kal Korff. Digital enhancement using
Adobe Photoshop showed the pictures to be fakes.
56 provided contrasting views about euthanasia including evidence that:
"Australian law has not prevented doctors from…making medical end of
life decisions explicitly intended to hasten death…"
euthanasia actually seems widespread. A survey of 852 intensive care
nurses via questionnaires in America revealed one in five had
intentionally hastened death. (New Scientist 1996 June 1 p. 13)
nurse in Paris was charged with murdering 30 patients aged 72-78.
(Sunday Mail July 26 p. 22)
STURDIER PSYCHIC TESTED
Godfrey has a "sturdier track record than Phar Lap." So wrote Nikki
Voss in the Northern Territory News (October 12, 1996) after
noting some false predictions of other psychics.
for example, it
was predicted Princess Diana and Julius Iglesias would marry and Yasser
Arafat would father triplets.
article went on to
list about 30 of Godfrey's predictions for the Northern Territory.
skeptic Brian De
Kretser went through Ms Godfrey's list with a pencil to note the
results. He marked all but two of the predictions with a "no".
"a major cyclone scare" which Mr De Kretser noted "happens every year"
and "The Territory Government will be hit by a financial scandal" about
which Mr De Kretser wrote: "It happens every day."
astrologer of the century? He is: "Anthony Carr Master of The
Tarot—Psychic Astrologer of the Century."
present oneself as the
best of the century in what one does is an impressive
two-page leaflet went
on to give quotes expressing amazement from TV, radio and press and
then listed: "Anthony Carr's predictions that came true!"
leaflet, sent to
Brian De Kretser, was accompanied by a letter which said in part: "The
reading which I will prepare for you will amaze you, excite you…"
"A letter from a world psychic who does readings by post, yet he could
not divine that he was posting to one of the most hardened skeptics in
NEW AGE DEATH
is a New
Age concept according to which a person can detoxify the body by
avoiding food and drink, and live on energy and air.
reported that a 53-year-old woman died following a stroke which
occurred while she abstained from fluids for one week and food for
Capra, senior diet lecturer at the Queensland University of Technology,
Breatharianism is a dangerous, extreme, fringe practice. (1998 July 3)
Health & Healing Expo took place on June 13. Natural therapists
gathered to promote alternative therapies and products. The organizer,
Wendy Jakeman, said that natural therapies are becoming integrated with
mainstream medicine and health care. (Northern Territory News June 15)
JWs FIGHT AGAINST TAX
Witnesses in France were declared a sect — due to their opposition to
blood transfusions and rejection of military service. This ended the
Watchtower Society's tax free status.
refused to pay
the tax which amounted to 60% of donations. The Government of France
now wants all tax owed plus a late fee — total US$50 million. A tax
lien has been put on WTS property.
open letter to
Jacques Chiese, President of France, Lyman Swingle of the JW Governing
Body appealed to Human Rights and wrote: "Jehovah's Witnesses in France
will challenge this gross act of religious discrimination. They will do
this not only to avoid unjust and oppressive tax but also to help
ensure that all French people enjoy freedom of religion."
125,000 JWs going door to door and 220,000 attended the annual Memorial
of Christ's death. This is a slight decline from 1994.
DOCTRINE'S LIST OF
JW elder David
Reed (Investigator No. 10) is preparing a list of JWs who died
needlessly due to the anti-blood doctrine.
website-published list stood at 87. Because only a proportion of such
deaths become known to the media the list is only "a small sampling of
of the blood
transfusion section of Investigator's collection of 800
newspaper articles on JWs revealed a further 20 victims.
JW DATES LIST STILL
56 had a list of 26 dates on which JW prophecies failed with a quote
for each date.
now make that 27.
the establishment of the Kingdom in power is indicated as "in the
fourteenth year after that the city (Christendom) was smitten"—or
fourteen years after 1918, viz, in 1932.—Ezek. 40:1.
context suggests that
the phrase "the Kingdom in power" meant world wide paradise after
global anarchy of 1914-1925, all governments and religions destroyed
and gone for good, and the resurrection of the dead to live again on
Earth well underway.
INVESTIGATOR 63, 1998
RETURN OF THE DEAD
No. 29 it was speculated that premature burial following a wrong
diagnosis of death could be one sort of event which kept vampire
superstitions going. Fortean Times occasionally publishes lists
of people "back from the dead". The list in July 1996 p. 19 had seven
examples for 1995. Two became conscious just in time to avoid being
burned — one in a crematorium and the other one on a funeral pyre!
COST OF CRIME
A Theme of
the Bible (Investigator 56) cited the Sunday Mail (1996
April 14) to show that fraud costs every Australian household $2,660
said: "Crime and punishment costs the community up to $20 billion each
year… The toll of about $1000 for each man, woman and child includes a
$6 billion price tag for cops, courts and corrective services." (Sunday
Mail 1998 January 4)
listed the cost
of each category of crime. Fraud/forgery/false pretenses came first
with $3-$3.5 billion, followed by Drug offenses ($2 billion), and
shop-lifting ($1.02-$2.46 billion).
JWs BAN THREAT
report posted on the Internet on October 13 said in part:
court this week held a first hearing in a case…aimed at banning
are accused of "instigating religious enmity" by claiming to be the
only true faith, "causing family breakdown" by demanding that believers
make religious work their first priority and even placing lives at risk
by their prohibition against blood transfusions.
allegations would be grounds for denying registration under Article 14
of the Law on Freedom of Conscience and Religious Association, passed
Witnesses…have 10,000 members in Moscow and 250,000 across Russia.
INVESTIGATOR 64, 1999
BIBLE DEBATE 1925 STYLE
a 1925 International
Herald Tribune article (July 2) headed "Scopes Fined $100 After
Farmers Find Him Guilty". It's about the "monkey trial" in Tennessee
(USA) when a teacher broke the law by teaching evolution.
William J Bryan a Fundamentalist and former presidential candidate. The
defense lawyer was Clarence Darrow.
news report said
feature of the last
day was the examination of Mr. Bryan by Mr. Darrow… Mr Bryan said he
considered everything in the Bible was true, that the flood occurred
about the year 2,500 B.C., and wiped out all living things except those
in the Ark.
you know that there are any number of civilizations that have been
traced back 5,000 years before that date?"
"I am not
willing to give up belief in the Bible in deference to the views of
others who make that estimate."
and the Sun
further said that
he believed that Joshua made the sun stand still.
you know that for Joshua to have made the sun stand still it would have
been necessary to lengthen the day?"
"I don't know
about that, but I do know that with my puny hand I can defy the great
law of gravitation and prevent this glass of water from falling to the
ground. I…believe that the Almighty God could stop the sun and the
earth in their courses."
witness said he did
not know the population of Egypt 3,500 years ago… He was never
sufficiently interested to inquire into the old civilizations and never
had studied Chinese civilization and never read much about religion
outside the Bible.
believed that until Babel the world had but a single language.
Bryan was loudly
cheered during and after his testimony…
sarcastically remarked once: "They are cheering you who insult every
man of science, who does not agree with your fool religion."
simply trying to
protect the Word of God against the greatest agnostic in the world,"
replied Mr Bryan.
seven doctors in
Britain have helped patients to die — 27,000 patients — by withholding
treatment or by giving a lethal dose of drugs. (The Advertiser 1998,
November 16, p. 250
INVESTIGATOR 65, 1999
theory that the story
of Noah and the Ark is based on the flooding of the Back Sea area when
the Mediterranean Sea broke through the Bosphorus has been reported in
Investigator. A book on the theory was recently published — Noah's
Flood 1998 W Ryan & W Pitman. The water would have advanced about
three kilometres inland each week for over a year.
problem is that the
Bible says "the waters receded from the earth" (Genesis 8:3) but of
course the Black Sea is still filled!
Stoilznow, a 21
year old journalism student whose GP gave her a "clear bill of health"
and whose eyes were tested and declared "disease free" by an
ophthalmologist", had appointments with four alternative therapists.
were Ted Hall
(iridologist), Peter Berryman (homeopath), Judith Collins (aura
reader/spiritual healer) and Shirley Mason (homeopath).
reported in the Skeptic was:
was no consensus
among the differing diagnoses of the alternative practitioners, apart
from some vague references to the liver and lymphatic system. Karen
was, according to an aggregate of opinions, suffering from a
dysfunctional liver, anaemia, lymphatic congestion and scoliosis, had
zinc deficiency and an excess of calcium, plus a psychological problem.
To check these diagnoses, Dr Richard Gordon referred Karen for a Liver
Function Test and a range of others — Full Blood Examination,
Electrolytes Urea and Creatinine, Calcium, Albumin, Phosphate and Zinc.
The pathology report gave Karen a clean bill of health... Biochemistry
results indicated units all within the acceptable range, and the liver
function test showed no abnormalities whatsoever.
details see the
Skeptic 1998, Volume, 18 No. 2.
BLOOD AND JWs
article in Journal
of Medical Ethics (1998; 24:223-230) neurologist Osamu Muramoto advised
doctors to question JW patients to make sure they are accurately
informed and not merely responding to coercion by their religious
points out that the
WTS formerly "denounced vaccinations and organ transplants … with
flaming rhetoric" and also already permits members to take many blood
components formerly banned to them:
subtle irony that
most JWs are not aware of is that albumen (one of the permitted
components) constitutes 2.2% of blood volume, whereas white blood
cells, and platelets (forbidden components) constitute 1%, and 0.17%
respectively. (p. 228)
"the WTS presents a distorted picture because it fails to report any
benefits of blood-based treatments." (p.228)
WHEN PROPHECY FAILS
Prophecy Fails (1956) described the cult of Marian Keech — a
pseudonym, her real name was Dorothy Martin.
numerous messages allegedly from Christ and other beings on the perfect
planet of Clarion.
disaster including gigantic tidal waves which would change the planet
[i.e. Earth] on December 21 1954. She and her followers would be saved
by a flying saucer taking them away.
1954 most followers
drifted away although Martin kept on transcribing her cosmic messages.
by founding the Abbey of the Seven Rays near Lake Titicaca in South
America and predicted the rise of Atlantis and other cataclysms for
followers but started again in California in 1961. She predicted that
the world's saviour would reveal himself to the world and perform
mighty miracles in 1975.
moved to Arizona
in 1988 — still with a few followers — and died in 1992. (Fortean
Times 1998 December, p. 47)
THEOCRATIC WAR DOCTRINE
23 Mr Kotwall wrote "The Watchtower Society Encourages Lying". Such
lying is called "theocratic war strategy" and is particularly applied
in child custody cases. Now an entire book on this topic has been
written by Jerry Bergman.
November the SA
Consumer Affairs Commissioner, Mr Hamish Gilmore, warned South
Australians against accepting an offer by a minister of religion to
burn lists of their debts if they paid him $100 to $1,000.
list their debts
from $10,000 to $100,000 on a Debt-Free sheet and pay $100 for the
smaller debt and $1,000 for the larger debt.
American born John
Avanzini, 62, has a doctorate in philosophy from Baptist Christian
University in Louisiana. His book War on Debt (1990) offers
hope of financial freedom because God can cancel debt
miraculously. The book also says: "Dr. Avanzini's
program, Pinciples of Biblical Economics, is aired five times per day,
seven days per week, by more than 550 television programs." (p.
Avanzini has written
many other books about overcoming debt and offers courses involving
tapes plus books on this topic. He came to Adelaide several years ago.
Commissioner said that burning one's bills "will not make bills and
mortgages go away." (Sunday Mail November 29 p. 3)
BAD LUCK OR BAD
Book of Life's Losers (1996) is crammed with fascinating examples
of bad decisions:
Molito of Texas was
sentenced to seven years for burglary but objected on grounds that 7 is
his unlucky number. The judge sympathized and changed the sentence to
eight years. (p. 96)
Italy slipped as he reached for a lucky four-leaf clover on a cliff top
and fell to his death. "It's just not lucky for everyone," explained
the police. (p. 41)
a room to Andi Weber so she could nag him day in, day out to observe
and report his reactions for her psychology degree. Weber eventually
snapped and bashed her head four times with an axe leaving her mentally
retarded. The judge gave a lenient sentence because Weber had been
provoked. (p. 25)
PILTDOWN HOAX SOLVED
Man" was a
proof of human evolution until exposed as a hoax in 1949 to 1953.
discovered in 1912 by Arthur Woodward of London's Natural History
Museum and Charles Dawson a solicitor and archaeologist.
article in Reader's
Digest (1998 May) attributes the hoax to Martin Hinton a gifted
archaeologist and paleontologist who worked as a clerk while doing
unpaid work for the Museum on weekends. His motive was revenge on
Woodward, make him look a fool, for refusing him a paid position at the
Museum despite his years of hard work there.
got his position, built a reputation, and therefore could never admit
INVESTIGATOR 66, 1999
NO ENERGY FIELDS
supposedly performs cures by manipulating patients' energy fields. The
procedure has 100,000 trained practitioners including 48,000 in the USA.
11, tested TT with an experiment that got written up in the Journal
of the American Medical Association.
practitioners put their arms, palms upward, through openings in a
screen. Emily placed her hand, left or right chosen by coin tosses,
above their hands. The practitioners had to determine whether it was
left or right by feeling the energy fields.
results were no
better than chance and guessing. In other words the TT practitioners
could not feel any energy fields!
had help from her
mother (a nurse who campaigns against TT), her stepfather (National
Therapeutic Touch Study Group chairman) and Dr. Stephen Barrett
chairman of Quackwatch Inc. (Time, April 13, 1998 p. 35)
about gambling continue to confirm what Investigator Magazine
has often said which is: "If you go against the odds it's probable
57, won $25,000 at
Keno but wanted to win more. He kept playing and stole $151,000 from
Australia Post to finance his loses. (The advertiser 1999 March 15)
her employers of $136,000 to play poker machines. (The advertiser 1999
April 17 p. 29)
gambling on the rise, anti gambling prophets are warning: "Soon you
will be able to lose your home without ever having to leave it." (The
Advertiser 1999 March 20 p. 63)
GAMBLING LOSSES SOARING
venues in South
Australia increased 47%, that is 363 to 533 in 3 years — 1995 to 1998.
The annual loss averaged over the entire population, on racing,
lotteries, pokies and the casino, rose from $276 to $450 per person.
The national average is $634.
venues made a net profit of $667 million in SA and $11,800 million
nationwide. (The Advertiser 1999 April 9 p. 25)
DESTROY DEBT BY PRAYER
gambling venues create
debt don't worry — prayer destroys debt!
which offered to burn your bills if you donate 1% of their total
(Investigator 65 p. 54) made news again.
booklet, Miracle Money, which asks you to send a list of your
debts plus a 1% donation and they will pray for you. The Ministry is
said to be lobbying the Federal Treasurer to make donated money tax
deductable. (Sunday Mail 1999 March 28 p. 12)
An ad in
Cord (1993 February p. 31) said:
about to be turned upside down. The Earth is experiencing a rapid
acceleration of volcanic and earthquake activity which will continue to
increase from now until 1997. Quakes in the order of 10, 12 and even 15
on the Richter scale will occur. These movements will fragment the
continents and flood coastal area all over the world with enormous
tidal waves. Not a stone on the planet will be left unmoved.
author of this prophecy, also published Earth Changes Report
newsletter and a 60 minute audio tape Earth Changes Australia.
Predictions on the tape for the 5 to 7 years after 1993, include
flooding of Australia's coasts with business districts of Melbourne and
Sydney relocating inland, the Federal Government replaced by regional
governments in 1996, and natural water making Australia's inland
deserts habitable leading to new cities!
A REAL ‘NUTTER' OR
image at Yankalilla
(South of Adelaide) of Mary with baby Jesus could be fading said Susan
Fehlberg (discoverer of the image) on TV.
titled About Us: Visions of Yankalilla showed Father Andrew
Nutter's mission to place Yankalilla among the world's important
skeptics appeared too
— Allan Lang claiming he could see nothing and Laurie Eddie claiming he
could see the Phantom's Skull Cave.
bubbled plaster on
the wall above the altar of Christ Church is good for tourism but has
also caused extensive bickering.
Sunday Mail quoted
Vivien Hobbs of the tourist information office: "… half think he is a
real nutter, while others think he is right and they see it." (Sunday
Mail 1999 March 21 p. 14)
INVESTIGATOR 67, 1999
Moon refers to a
second full Moon in a given calendar month. According to Keith
Harper the frequency of blue moons is 4.1%. (New Scientist 1999
February 13 p. 56)
25 p. 49 calculated that a blue moon occurs on average once in
33½ months i.e. about 3%.
JESUS' FACE AGAIN
Catholic visitors said resembled Jesus appeared on a concrete wall at
the Buddhist Purple Lotus University at Union City east of San
Wang, a Buddhist
Monk, declared: "It's a miracle…to show people to believe in Jesus
again." (Sunday Territorian 1999, April 4 p. 5)
No. 50 psychologist Laurie Eddie explained that such "optical
illusions" are called "simulacra" and are quite common. (pp. 44-47)
JOIN THE SEARCH
Society started distributing a computer program that will allow
thousands of computer owners to use their PC to analyse radio signals
collected via the Arecibo radio telescope in Puerto Rico. The
screensaver program can be downloaded via the internet.
UFOs CHASE TOURISTS IN
roadhouse 370km north of Alice Springs in the Northern Territory has a
reputation as a "UFO hot spot".
claimed that in
September 1994 UFOs appeared "every night for three weeks." The latest
sightings occurred on March 4 and 5. (Northern Territory News 1999
March 12) One worker claimed she saw "jellyfish" shaped lights like
tentacles that changed from silver to red.
to the manager,
Lou Farkis, terrified tourists often claim that their cars had been
followed by UFOs!
birds to be the closest living relatives of crocodiles and alligators.
Genetic tests have now shown that the closest living relatives of
crocodilians are turtles with the two groups sharing a common ancestor
[apparently not yet identified] about 200 million years ago. (The
Advertiser 1999 February 13 p. 48)
evolutionists assumed that whales evolved from four-legged creatures.
Evidence in support has now turned up. Funk & Wagnalls 1992
Science Yearbook reported: "Paleontologists working in Egypt found
a 40-million-year-old whale fossil with small feet." (p. 125)
GOLDEN CALF SUPPORTS
expedition led by Lawrence Stager of Harvard University found an
11cm-long metal figurine of a calf dating to about 1550 BC. The body is
bronze, the head silver, and the horns and tail copper. Funk &
Wagnalls 1992 Science Yearbook says: "Since new bronze objects have
a color similar to gold, the ancient figurine found in the ruins of a
temple may well be a "golden calf" of the type mentioned in the Bible."
shape may be right
and the date close but the calf in Exodus 32 was actual gold and not
Calonica, 45, claimed he saw on Mount Everest two creatures which might
be Yeti. He said they walked like humans, has thick black fur, hunched
shoulders, long arms and big hands. (Herald sun 1998 October 14 p. 32)
ALIEN LIFE RARE OR
University College, London, argues that if alien life were common,
Earth would have been taken over many times. However, there is no
sign that such a takeover or visitation has ever occurred. (New
Scientist 1996, October 5 p. 52; Sunday Territorian 1999, May 16 p. 13)
Hart in An
explanation for the absence of extraterrestrials on Earth also
examined possible reasons for the absence of aliens. (Quarterly Journal
of the Royal Astronomical Society Volume 16 p. 16)
Crawford reasoned that
if we assume one civilization per 1000 light years, our Milky Way
Galaxy would contain 1000 civilizations. Furthermore, there would
have been 10 million civilizations since the galaxy began!
between stars, is not a decisive barrier. Humans already have designs
for nuclear-powered space ships that would go 10% of the speed of
light. (Mallove E & Matloff G 1989 The Starflight Handbook)
At that speed the entire galaxy could be colonized in less than 10
million years. Also the number of Sun-like stars extinguished since our
galaxy began number 700 million — lots of scope for civilizations to
have developed if such things happen. And when stars start to die
wouldn't the inhabitants of a star's planet(s) be motivated to escape
and go elsewhere?
civilizations are hyper-ethical so as to prefer to die out rather than
colonise, or are simply sedentary by nature, or perhaps they all
destroy themselves. On the one planet of which we have any certain
knowledge – Earth – the dominant life form is not very ethical to other
creatures (or even to themselves), is expansionist, and has not
programs – the search for extraterrestrial intelligence – have so far
worldwide have provided nothing substantial as evidence — no item of
alien manufacture, no alien-supplied scientific break-though,
civilizations are either extremely rare or completely non-existent!
INVESTIGATOR 68, 1999
COLD GHOSTLY TOUCH
testified in Derby County Court that she felt she'd been raped by a
ghost. Something "very cold", she said, touched her "beneath my
and husband Andrew
were being sued for not paying the final $8,000 on a $115,000 cottage
they purchased in 1994. In a counterclaim they contended that the
former owners had not warned them the house was haunted! (Sunday
Territorian 1999, January 17 p. 11)
Territory News reported: "Australia was 11 per cent weirder last
year — and the Territory can take the credit for the big jump in
strange phenomena." (1999 June 30 p. 3)
to the report
the Northern Territory had 200 UFO reports (up 50%), 30 poltergeist
reports, plus increases in Tasmanian Tiger sightings.
Bull of the Australian
Centre for Mystery Investigations compared the Territory to the
report also quoted
Simon Potter, spokesman for the Darwin Skeptics: "Just because people
don't understand what they are seeing does not mean it can't be
explained scientifically. You have to dig deeper and not just listen to
added that 12 yowie sightings were reported and a local radio station
sent a 4WD to try to find one! (1999 July 11 p. 7)
could legally gamble at 2,785 pubs, 2,419 clubs and 13 casinos.
Turnover in bets and wagers was $80 billion and this generated $11
billion in net takings and commissions. Businesses providing gambling
employed 150,000. Gambling revenue accounted for 12% of taxation
Commission, a government attempt to quantify the commercial/social
impact of gambling, found that 35% of gambling revenue came from
330,000 problem gamblers (2.3% of all adults). About 82% of
gamblers gamble without evidence of harm to themselves.
problem gamblers affect five to ten additional people. This may be by
selling the family home, crime, stealing kids' pocket money,
relationship breakdown, poverty, debt, depression.
are under 35 years old, 25% under 25, 40% are women, 40% have completed
tertiary education(!), 60% have children, 50% are married, and 50%
borrowed money in the past year without paying it back.
overall analysis of
gambling benefits versus harm to Australia expressed in $ is that
yearly costs are $1.1 billion to $5.2 billion and benefits $5.4 billion
to $6.3 billion.
gambling revenues have prevented serious collapses in State finances.
However, the question needs to be asked, "Is there no other way of
raising $6.3 billion such that we don't lose up to $5.2 billion in the
process?" (The Australian 1999, July 20, pp. 4, 5, 15)
ROCK FROM SPACE MAY HIT
1999AN10 could come within 30,000km of Earth on August 7, 2027.
That is only 1/12 the distance to the Moon.
also 1 chance in
10,000,000 that the close encounter in 2027 will so shift the
asteroid's path due to the influence of Earth's gravity that it will
come within 8,000km in 2034 and could hit in 2039! (The Advertiser 1999
May 22 p. 45)
has a dimaeter
of 800 metres.
information and formulae supplied in Investigator No. 62 (pp.
47 & 49) gives the energy of impact of a rock this size as 38,000
megatons. That's about 2½ times the combined power of the
world's nuclear arsenals at the height of the Cold War.
WRONG CRATER AGE
impact craters of over 8km diameter - Investigator 62 pp. 43-44
- includes one serious mistake.
320km crater in
Czechoslovakia is not 15 million years old but 150 million years.
"Anonymous" says he correctly cited New Scientist magazine but
in this instance New Scientist was wrong.
EXORCISMS ARE REAL
Shanley, 68-year-old Irish Catholic priest of Lakes Entrance on the
coast of Victoria, has performed up to 20 exorcisms per year.
demon is expelled
from a person, "The stomach contracts so much that their heads and legs
lift off the floor." At that stage Father Shanley feels a
"tingling…like an electric current". (The Advertiser 1999, June 26 p.
says that exorcisms are increasing. In Italy 300 priests now practice
exorcism — up form 20 in 1993. Revised Vatican exorcism rules warn
priests to distinguish demonic possession from psychotic episodes.
INVESTIGATOR 69, 1999
NOURISHED BY LIGHT
Greve) of Brisbane claims not to have eaten for 5 years. The
49-year-old New-Age guru and founder of the Self Empowerment Academy
claims she subsists on liquid light taken from the air.
reported that one of Jasmuheen's followers, Verity Linn, 48, of South
Australia died at a remote loch in Scotland while fasting according to
the group's teaching.
the Director of Public Prosecutions, however, said that Ms Linn died of
hypothermia and dehydration. (September 23 p. 9; September 25 p. 18)
Territory News (October 2) reported that Queensland Skeptics, and
New Zealand Rationalists have offered Jasmuheen $100,000 if she can
live without food for a month "under strict observation conditions"
without losing weight. Apparently the guru has accepted and told the
skeptics to have their cheque-books ready!
GENERATION OF 1917
NEAR ITS END
last surviving veteran of World War 1 has died aged 104. Of 331,781
Australians who served overseas in World War 1 less than 50 are still
living. (The Advertiser October 29, p. 7)
In 1996 Investigator's
editor attended a home meeting of the Christian Revival Crusade and
inquired about their doctrine that Christ would return in the lifetime
of people alive in 1917, that is within one generation of 1917. The
meeting conductor explained: "That doesn't get mentioned much any
question in the "Dear
Miriam" column of The Mirror newspaper of London:
Jehovah's Witness but I can't stop masturbating. When I told an elder
he said I shouldn't feel lust, and masturbation is self-abuse… Because
of all this guilt, I've missed a lot of meetings. They think I've
lapsed and nobody wants to know me. How do I stop masturbating?
sex-drive is natural and a God-given gift and there is "No need to feel
guilty." (1999 July 26)
Neanderthals are that they died out 28,000 years ago, were a separate
species to modern humans (Homo sapiens) but probably sometimes
interbred with them. (The Advertiser 1999 October 27 p. 38)
"Anonymous": What does the Bible say about Neanderthals? Were they
related to Adam and Eve?