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     Richard Hoagland, the man who found the “Face on Mars,” held a news conference March 22 to talk about “hyperdimensional dynamics” on Mars, the moon and at Stonehenge. To support his claims, he brought fuzzy photographs and six engineers and scientist. He claimed pictures taken from Apollos 12 and 14 showed structures on the moon. These included “a Grecian Temple,” “a large blob of glass,” and a one and a half mile high “shard.” Hoagland says NASA and the Apollo astronauts have covered up this information for three decades. Apollo astronauts denied seeing anything resembling ancient civilizations or a large glass dome.

“To the unschooled observer,” wrote the Associated Press reporter covering the news conference, “the objects looked like magnified blobs of dirt on the window through which the photos were taken.”

According to a letter to the editor of the Corvallis Gazette-Times dated April 16, a surgical team has successfully removed “implants from two UFO abuctees.” Jim Deardorff, professor emeritus in oceanography and atmospheric sciences at Oregon State University and a member of the Mutual UFO Network (MUFON), writes that the devices were first detected by X-ray. Two implants were removed from the big toe of a woman abductee and one from the back of the hand of a male abductee.

     “All three objects were magnetic and fluoresced bright green under ultraviolet light,” Deardorff writes. The doctors published their report of the surgery in the April, 1996 issue of the MUFON UFO Journal.

On February 12, National Public Radio carried the story of Claire Silva, a heart and lung transplant patient. Shortly after the transplant Silva began to feel the presence of another personality sharing her body. Silva formed a group with other heart transplant patients who had had similar experiences. Ghostwriter, Bill Novak, hearing this, sought out Silva for her story. The rights to the book, titled Change of Heart, have been bought by New York publishers, Little and Brown, for $800,000; movie rights were still being negotiated.

     In the the NPR interview, Silva’s editor, William Phillips, described some of Silva’s experiences. For example, following the surgury she suddenly developed a craving for beer and Chicken McNuggets, which she previously never ate. One of her first experiences was a vivid dream in which she met a man to whom she was highly attracted. In the dream she kissed, then inhaled him into her and made him part of her body. Silvia learned through her own investigations that her donor had been an 18-year-old who liked beer and Chicken McNuggets and whose general appearance matched the man in her dream.

“It is the story of the wondrous possibility of cellular memory or some form of immortality,” said Phillips. When asked if the story was bought as fiction or non-fiction, Phillips responded, “There was never any question in my mind that this was for real ... She is a very credible person.”

Phillips indicated he was certain the book would be well received and accepted as factual. “There is quite a genre of literature out there now about experiences that stretch our definition of medical science. This is going to fit very well. I don’t think it is going to be heavily assaulted.”

The Orgone Biophysical Research Laboratory, “a non-profit science research and educational foundation” under the direction of James DeMeo, has published its summer seminar schedule. The “research” facility has recently relocated to their New Greensprings Center in Ashland, Oregon where, according to their flier, the “natural and alive qualities of the life energy at this location will allow for the excellent observation and research of orgone energy functions in nature.”

     Orgone research is based on the theories of the late psychiatrist, Wilhelm Reich, discoverer of “orgone energy” and the inventor of the cloudbuster, the “orgone accumulator” and “orgone therapy.” Reich developed theories on psychiatry, child rearing, medicine, microbiology (spontaneous creation of life by orgone energy vesicles called bions), weather control (cloudbusting) and numerous other subjects. Today’s followers link Reich’s work to a host of New Age and government conspiracy beliefs.

     A May seminar series on children features lectures by a variety of doctors, nurses and Ph.Ds on social issues, including the “Modern AIDS Hysteria and the Unproven ‘Infectious HIV’ theory.” In July there will be a workshop on the orgone energy accumulator where participants will get “hands-on” experience constructing “orgone energy blankets and box-type accumulators.” A laboratory workshop in August will cover topics like Reichian theories on cancer and bions. One can also learn the how to do and interpret a Reich Blood Test. “Participants are encouraged to bring their own microscopes.” And in September director James DeMeo will conduct a seminar on drought abatement using cloudbuster techniques. This will cover subjects such as “living water (structured, activated) versus dead water,” “healthy versus stagnant or over-charged atmospheres; the Gaia concept,” and “future developments of cosmic orgone engineering.” Each seminar series or laboratory workshop costs $150 and runs a full weekend.

Creationists concerned with the secular, humanistic and evolutionary worldview bias in the standardized Stanford Achievment Test (SAT) have introduced the ACSI/SAT-9 Christian School Edition. This test, introduced in the fall of 1995, “has been screened with the intent of removing all questions which are related to a false, evolutionary worldview,” explains the December, 1995 Impact, the creation science bulletin from the Institute for Creation Research (ICR).

     The test was developed by the Association of Christian Schools International (ACSI) and the ICR working with the Psychological Corporation, which publishes the SAT. Educators and “scientists” from ICR wrote the science portion of the test with a creationist persective. “Any test item which contained evolutionary thinking was dropped from the test items pool.” This included items in all subjects, not just science.

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