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To the ranks of public officials who have decided that UFOs are real and important can be added Paul Hellyer, the for­mer Canadian Minister for National Defense. Hellyer, in fact, is now among those who believe that the United States is weaponizing space in order to shoot down alien spacecraft.

The former defense minister claims that his own interest in UFOs came about, not because of anything he saw while in office in the early 1960s, when he says he was kept out of the loop, but rather because of his investigation of the work of Colonel Phillip Corso, whose book The Day After Roswell impressed him deeply. Corso has argued that most of the major technological innovations of the last half century have been the result of alien influence. After be­ing informed by a friend and trusted expert that everything Corso said was true, and more, Hellyer has pursued the matter diligently and become convinced that the UFO issue has major policy ramifications indeed. Hellyer made his views public for the first time in September at an event titled: “Exopolitics Toronto: A Symposium on UFO Disclosure and Planetary Direction” ( The event was organized by former Carter administration of­ficial Alfred Webre who has been pushing for policy overtures to aliens through the coming years in what he has termed a “Decade of Contact.”

Hellyer argues that the Bush administration’s stated desire to put a base on the moon is motivated by a plan to ob­serve, monitor and shoot down incoming alien spacecraft, an objective to which he strenuously objects. Like many of his political brethren, Hellyer sees the U.S. as a paranoid bully and insists that there can be no good reason to behave defensively toward interplanetary visitors, who, he believes, come in peace. Of course, many of those who consider themselves to have been the victim of alien abduction and experimentation, as documented by the late Dr. John Mack, Bud Hopkins, Linda Moulton Howe and many others, might beg to differ.


The federal judge presiding over the celebrated Dover, PA Intelligent Design (ID) trial has ruled against the local school board and its attempt to require the teaching of ID in high school classrooms. The issue though is far from re­solved.

For U.S. district Judge John Jones, intelligent design is simply fundamentalist creationism in disguise, and the claims of the school board were merely a subterfuge to cover their real intent to replace the teaching of evolution with their own faith-based doctrine, creationism.

Proponents of ID saw things differently though. Casey Luskin of the Discovery Institute, a Seattle-based think-tank that champions intelligent design theory, criticized the ruling. “The judge thinks intelligent design is a super­natural explanation, but it clearly is not. So the entire decision is predicated on a false perception of intelligent de­sign,” Luskin told the Reuters News Service.

At this point it seems that Darwinists have succeeded in their campaign to associate intelligent design with crea­tionism in the public mind, and thus to undermine the legitimacy of the ID case. The assertion that the classic mate­rialist/Darwinian model of evolution can account for the “irreducible complexity” of some natural systems remains the ruling position, so far. And anyone questioning that proposition runs the risk of being labeled anti-science, or worse.

“This is by no means the end of this issue, legally speaking,” said Luskin, adding that the court has jurisdiction over only part of Pennsylvania.


Would skyscrapers cause earthquakes? According to one scientist at National Taiwan Normal University—Taipei 101—the tallest building in the world has transformed one of the world’s most stable geological areas into an earth­quake zone. Geologist Cheng Horng Lin’s paper, in the scientific journal Geophysical Research Letters, argues that Taipei 101 has triggered at least two recent earthquakes.

The building, says Dr. Lin, which stands 1,667 feet high and weighs 700,000 metric tons, is among the heaviest manmade structure on earth and its presence has opened up an ancient fault zone. If Lin is right there could be huge ramifications worldwide. Tokyo, for instance, may have to abandon plans for Sky City 1000, an immense vertical structure, which, it was hoped, would help to solve the city’s overwhelming housing problems.

Large manmade structures have been fingered before as the cause of earthquakes. For instance, the Koyna Dam earthquake in India in 1967 which killed 120 is usually blamed on just completed construction. But, weight is not the only source of problems. A 2001 quake in the North Sea is attributed to a large release of pressure resulting from gas extraction. In America, a magnitude 5.5 earthquake in the Rocky Mountains in 1967 was activated by large quantities of waste which had been injected beneath the ground.

Many scientists, however, are unprepared to blame Taipei 101 for the recent quakes, arguing that the building’s weight is a mere pinprick to the earth’s crust, which would have virtually no effect ten miles down where the fault has appeared.

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