Monday, January 29, 2018

Top Twelve UFO sightings: based on best evidence or potential significance

If there is something to the alleged UFO phenomena that has been going on since World War II, even if the media rarely ever reports on it anymore, do you really think it should be treated like a joke?

If there is an unknown advanced intelligence visiting us, isn't it more important to figure out if there is something to it and why, than it is to jump to conclusions and ridicule everyone that disagrees?

If your friends have fallen for media propaganda about UFOs they'll make fun of you if you take this seriously; but if you don't you might as well stick your head in the sand, even though the story about ostriches doing this is a myth.

There is a good reason to be skeptical of a lot of the claims about UFOs and if there is an unknown advanced intelligence on another planet the obstacles to travel from one plenty to another are enormous; however with technology developing rapidly over the past fifty years we're already demonstrating that an enormous amount of those obstacles can and already have been overcome; although contrary to the most extreme exaggeration there's still a long way to go. But if there was an advanced intelligence that was much older than our own race they would have had much more time to overcome those obstacles, and there's a growing amount of evidence to indicate that either they have or there's a massive conspiracy to make it seem like they have and to fake the UFO sightings going on for the past seventy years.

Most young people might not know it but the media and the government once did a far better job covering these unsolved mysteries, even if they had less developed science at the time to narrow things down.

Now, at least when it comes to the highest profile discussions on the subject in the mass media, there are an enormous amount of obvious blunders on both sides of the argument, often so obvious that it should be clear that if they had peer review, which they do, they should catch a lot of these obvious mistakes. This leads me to suspect that they're not even trying to do a good job researching the issue and educating the public about it.

In addition to that the reporting on this subject is almost completely absent from the mainstream media, and when they do cover it they treat it with ridicule, instead of reviewing the most basic facts or reminding people of the history behind it. Media outlets that do cover it focus almost exclusively on UFOs; and the highest profile of those, especially the current "Ancient Aliens" are often the ones that make the most blunders. People not familiar with it that might want to search the internet may have to sort through a large volume of equally incompetent web sites before finding more rational ones that make a sincere effort to review it with rational skepticism, without completely closed minds.

These are a dozen of what I consider the most important historical UFOs that were covered reasonably well by some sources at one time or another; although it isn't necessarily the most important ones, since there's no guarantee that they were reported widely in the first place. One of the leading criteria of these choices is strength of the evidence of some major unsolved mystery, although it isn't a guarantee that it is of a visit from another civilization.

Some of them have an enormous volume of witnesses, including many that are considered very credible, often police officers, pilots, military officers, college professors with a scientific background, and even politicians. Some of them might not be quite as compelling based on the evidence that can be confirmed independently, however if there is supporting evidence then these can still help to understand the objective of these unknown advanced intelligence's objectives, assuming they exist. There's enough evidence to indicate that even if there is nothing to it as many skeptics claim, there must be an enormous effort to convince the public that there isn't, which might be an even more far-fetched conspiracy.

I'll give you a hint, Roswell isn't number one on my list; but don't rush down to see what is; even though a dramatic count down is corny and meaningless, I gave it a shot.

If there is an conspiracy to convince the public that there is something to it by people that know that there isn't, I'm not part of it.

At least that I'll admit.

Shag Harbor 1967

An extraordinary event in 1967 would practically put the small fishing village of Shag Harbor on the map. Located at the southern tip of Nova Scotia, this rural community would be host to one of the best documented UFO events of the past 40 years.

Named after the "shag," a bird of the cormorant family, the harbor was literally left off most maps of the time, but that would be changed once and for all.

The tiny fishing community has always had its stories... stories of giant sea serpents, man-eating squid, and ghost ships. The list of local color would see one more addition to its list: a story of a visit of a mysterious flying craft of unknown origin. This craft would visit the waters of Shag Harbor, permanently stamping the village's name in the public eye.

The first indication of this mysterious occurrence would come from local residents who noticed strange orange lights in the sky on the night of October 4, 1967. Most witnesses agreed that there were four orange lights that evening. Five teenagers watched these lights flash in sequence, and then suddenly dive in a 45 degree angle toward the water's surface. The witnesses were surprised that the lights did not dive into the water, but seemed to float on the water, approximately one-half mile from the shore.

Witnesses at first thought they were watching a tragic airplane crash, and quickly reported as much to the Royal Canadian Mounted Police, which was located at Barrington Passage. Coincidently, RCMP Constable Ron Pound had already witnessed the strange lights himself as he drove down Highway 3 in route to Shag Harbor. Pound felt that he was seeing 4 lights, all attached to one flying craft. He estimated the craft to be about 60 feet long. Complete article at UFO Casebook: The 1967 Shag Harbor UFO Crash

The Shag Harbour Incident Society is a proudly independent organization embodied of individuals who believe that our local history, chiefly the 1967 UFO sighting, should be cherished and made available to the general public.

Wikipedia: Shag Harbour UFO incident

Skeptoid Brian Dunning: The Shag Harbour UFO

Malmstom Air Force Base Montana 1967 about 16 nukes disabled

This is the story of extraordinary events that happened in 1967 to Strategic Air Command Missile Combat Officers; Missileers assigned to operate the Minuteman Intercontinental Ballistic Missile , an essential part of America's Cold War strategic nuclear deterrent.

... by Jim Klotz and Robert Salas - 27-Nov-1996


In central Montana, Thursday morning March 16 1967, the E-Flight Missile Combat Crew was below ground in the Echo-Flight Launch Control Center (LCC) or capsule. During the early morning hours, more than one report came in from security patrols and maintenance crews that they had seen UFOs. A UFO was reported directly above one of the E-Flight Launch Facilities (LF) or silos. It turned out that at least one security policeman was so frightened by this encounter that he never again returned to security duty.

A short time later, the Deputy Crew Commander (DMCCC), a 1st Lieutenant, was briefing the Crew Commander (MCCC), a Captain, on the flight status when the alarm horn sounded. Over the next half-minute, all ten of their missiles reported a "No-Go" condition. One by one across the board, each missile had became inoperable,

From there on, as an ex-Missileer describes it: "All Hell broke loose!" Among the many calls to and from the E-Flight LCC one was to the MCCC of November-Flight which links to the equally dramatic story of what happened in another LCC that same morning. Complete article at UFO Casebook: 1967-The Malmstrom AFB UFO/Missile Incident

Larry King UFOs shut down Nuclear Weapons

Aliens have deactivated British and US nuclear missiles, say US military pilots 09/27/2010

'Aliens stopped WWII nuclear battle between US and Russia' claims Edgar Mitchell, the sixth man on Moon 08/14/2015

Soviet nukes and UFOs 01/26/2010

Belgium wave 1989-91

Of all the reports of UFO sightings, some of the most intriguing ones are those which come in flaps, or waves, have multiple witnesses, and photographs. One of the most celebrated cases of this type was the Belgian flap which began in November of 1989.

The events of November 29 would be documented by no less than thirty different groups of witnesses, and three separate groups of police officers. All of the reports described a large object flying at low altitude. The craft was of a flat, triangular shape, with lights underneath.

This giant craft made not a sound as it slowly and fearlessly moved across the landscape of Belgium. There was free sharing of information as the Belgian populace tracked this craft as it moved from the town of Liege to the border of the Netherlands and Germany.

This first startling sighting would evolve into a wave over the next several months. On two occasions, a pair of F-16 fighters chased the mysterious object, but to no avail.

On March 30, 1990, a frantic call to military headquarters came from a Belgian national police Captain. .....

Another unusual occurrence associated with the Belgian flap was the inability to take a clear photograph of it. Many observers had their cameras ready, and took what they thought would be clear images, but when the film was developed, the image was blurred, and the craft's outline was vague at best.

This anomaly was addressed by physics professor Auguste Meessen, who was employed by the Catholic University at Louvin. Meessen's investigation produced a theory that infrared light must be the reason that almost all the images were unclear. To put his theory to test, he exposed film to infrared, then photographed objects in regular light. The results were the same as the photographs of the triangle-shaped UFO. Complete article at UFO Casebook: The Belgium UFO Wave

Wikipedia: Belgian UFO wave

Skeptoid Brian Dunning: The Belgian UFO Wave It was simply a psychosocial phenomenon, which is why there is no evidence and only the one questionable photograph.

White House 1952

During the dawn of Ufology in the United States, unidentified flying objects made themselves known to the leaders of the free world in 1952, buzzing over the White House, the Capitol building, and the Pentagon.

Seemingly the unknown objects were defying the very governmental agencies sworn to protect the United States from foreign powers.

Washington National Airport and Andrews Air Force Base picked up a number of UFOs on their radar screens on July 19, 1952, beginning a wave of sightings still unexplained to this day.

These blips were objects traveling at about 100 M.P.H. but with the ability to accelerate to the unbelievable speed of 7,200 M.P.H.

The Washington National sighting was confirmed by other local radar, and then Andrews Air Force Base was contacted.

Washington Tower:

Andrews Tower, do you read? Did you have an airplane in sight west-northwest or east of your airport moving east-bound?

Andrews: No, but we just got a call from the center. We're looking for it. Complete article at UFO Casebook: 1952 Washington D.C. Sightings

Wikipedia: 1952 Washington, D.C. UFO incident

Open Minds: The Beginning: UFO Encounters over Washington D.C. 09/16/2016

Lubbock and Phoenix Lights 1951/97

At 9:10 p.m. on Aug. 25, 1951, Dr. W. I. Robinson, professor of geology at the Texas technological College, stood in the back yard of his home in Lubbock, Texas and chatted with two colleagues. The other men were Dr. A. G. Oberg, a professor of chemical engineering, and Professor W. L. Ducker, head of the department of petroleum engineering.

The night was clear and dark. Suddenly all three men saw a number of lights race noiselessly across the sky, from horizon to horizon, in a few seconds. They gave the impression of about 30 luminous beads, arranged in a crescent shape. A few moments later another similar formation flashed across the night.

This time the scientists were able to judge that the lights moved through 30 degrees of arc in a second. A check the next day with the Air Force showed that no planes had been over the area at the time. This was but the beginning: Professor Ducker observed 12 flights of the luminous objects between August and November.

Some of his colleagues observed as many as 10. Hundreds of nonscientific observers in a wide vicinity around Lubbock saw as many as three flights of the mysterious crescents in one night. Complete article at UFO Casebook: The Lubbock Lights, 1951

.... The Lights Appear

Evidence points to March 13, 1997 as the onset of this extremely compelling account of various and sundry phenomenal lights which moved over the state of Arizona. These lights, though referred to as the "Phoenix Lights," were actually witnessed in at least five other cities.

Phoenix has the distinction as the first Arizona city to report the unknown light sources, which were initially spotted over Superstition Mountains, east of the city, at about 7:30 PM. The first reports indicated an object of six points of light, immediately followed by a report of eight connected lights, with a separate ninth, which moved in unison with the eight.

The formation was seen again over the Gila River just before 10:00 PM. In a matter of minutes, the enormous, lighted structure had made its way over the southern part of the city of Phoenix. At this time, literally thousands of people witnessed the object or objects. It was at this time, that the first photographs and videos were taken.

The final sightings of the night were in Rainbow Valley. Witnesses there reported a very distinct "V" formation. This sighting occurred at about 2:00 AM on March 14. Complete article at UFO Casebook: The Phoenix Lights, 1997, Arizona

Wikipedia: Lubbock Lights

Wikipedia: Phoenix Lights

The Death of Thomas Mantell Chases or Dogfights

January 7, 1948, would be a day of tragedy for Captain Thomas F. Mantell of the Kentucky Air National Guard, and his family, friends, and fellow Guardsmen. The Mantell case will forever be an important part of the hotbed of UFO reports of the late 1940's and early 1950's.

He would have the unfortunate distinction of being the first human being to give his life in the ongoing chase for the elusive truth behind bizarre reports of flying craft from other worlds.

Was his sighting a carry-over from the foo-fighters of World War II? or were they altogether another phenomena?... a phenomena that was just out of his reach. He gave all he had to reach this mysterious, intelligently controlled metallic craft, but whatever it was, and whoever controlled it, escaped that day... the day that Thomas Mantell lost his life.

Mantell was piloting an F-51 that fateful day, soaring to Standiford Air Force Base, Kentucky. He was accompanied by three other Guard planes. Complete article at UFO Casebook: 1948, The Death of Thomas Mantell

Wikipedia: Mantell UFO incident

Wikipedia: 1976 Tehran UFO incident

Wikipedia: Gorman dogfight

U.S. fighter pilot: 'I was ordered to fire 24 rockets at UFO flying over East Anglia' 10/25/2008

UFO Casebook: The St. Clair County Illinois Sightings of January, 5, 2000

Brazilian Island of Colares - UFO Encounters of 1977

In 1977, the Brazilian island of Colares was visited by flying objects of an unknown nature. Nearly all kinds of UFOs were seen; some big, some small, saucer shaped, cigar shaped, luminous or not. They arrived from the North every day, from the sky and also sometimes from underwater, and it lasted for months.

Regularly, some Island inhabitants were targeted by the objects, sending strange rays to them, and many were badly hurt, with two reported dead. The Army intervenes, the press follows. 35 people were hurt by the strange rays, and many fled from the Island.

The events mainly concentrated on the city of Colares, about 2,000 inhabitants, on Colares Island, which is in the region of Pará, the delta of the Amazon river on the northeastern coast of Brazil. But the whole region was visited by the same phenomenon. Which has brought many ufologists to visit the city.

Beginning in August of 1977, in the island of Colares, a strange phenomenon began to occur, that the Brazilian call Chupa-chupa.

Strange luminous objects appeared over the few towns of the region. These objects were often projecting thin rays, seemingly of light, directed at the people. The touched people fainted and woke up with a strange anemia. They stated that they felt as if some of their blood was removed by the strange rays. Complete article at UFO Casebook: Brazilian Island of Colares - UFO Encounters of 1977

Wikipedia translated from Portuguese: UFO phenomenon in Colares

Wikipedia translated from Portuguese: Operação Prato

Wikipedia English: Operação Prato (This is almost empty as of this writing compared to the Portuguese version which goes into much more detail.)

The Night Sky: Colares Island UFO Encounter

The Colares flap refers to an outbreak of UFO sightings

UFO FILES: Brazil’s Roswell 03/12/2006

Wikipedia: Cash-Landrum incident

Above Top Secret: An in-depth (re)view of the Cash/ Landrum case

Falcon Lake incident is Canada's 'best-documented UFO case,' even 50 years later 05/19/2017

UFO Evidence: The Cash-Landrum Case

Rendlesham Forest England UFO 1980

Artist recreation

One of the most compelling accounts of UFO landings comes to us from England. The joint air bases of Bentwaters and Woodbridge, located within the vast Rendlesham Forest, would be literally invaded by unidentified flying objects over a period of several nights in late December, 1980.

The amazing accounts of the twin air bases would be replete with descriptions of Alien beings, anomalous radar readings, electromagnetic effects, and surreal atmospheric conditions. Still investigated by Ufologists today, the almost unbelievable eyewitness accounts by credible professionals make the events of Bentwaters and Woodbridge Air Force Bases a cornerstone of belief among many UFO proponents.

Shortly after midnight on December 27, 1980, radar screens at RAF Watton in Norfolk showed an uncorrelated object which suddenly disappeared in the vicinity of the Rendlesham Forest in Suffolk. The object was also tracked on radar at Bentwaters RAF, which was located north of the forest. Woodbridge was south of the forest. Complete article at UFO Casebook: UFO Landings-Rendlesham Forest, 1980

Wikipedia: Rendlesham Forest incident

UFO Evidence: The Rendlesham Forest Incident

Interesting questions raised in Parliament about Rendlesham Forest UFOs 08/05/2015

Kecksburg Pennsylvania UFO crash 1965

What exactly soared through the late afternoon skies of Canada, Michigan, Ohio, and Pennsylvania on December 5, 1965? Eye witnesses described the unknown object as a "fireball," but it seemed to be under some type of intelligent control, as it veered somewhat in Ohio toward the Quaker State.

One of the first official reports of that day came from Frances Kalp, who phoned in her experience to radio station WHJB in Greensburg at 6:30 P.M. She related seeing a fiery object crash into a wooded area near her home in Westmoreland County. Kalp and her children had approached the site within a half-mile, and there they saw an odd object resembling a "four-pointed star."

Radio station employee John Murphy immediately phoned in the report to the Pennsylvania State Police Department. The Police phoned Kalp and arranged to meet her in Kecksburg.

Murphy also raced to the site of the alleged crash. He interviewed Kalp and her children for his report, while the State Police searched the woods for the crashed object. Murphy eagerly awaited the return of the searchers. When they finally completed their search, Murphy was unable to get any clear information from either Carl Metz or Paul Shipco, who headed the search. They only stated that they were calling in the Military to handle the case.

Undaunted, Murphy made phone contact with Captain Dussia at State Police Headquarters in Greensburg. Murphy was instructed to visit the office to receive an official statement on the search party results. Upon arriving at headquarters, Murphy noticed that the Military had already arrived in force. Murphy was startled when he received the "official" statement;

"The Pennsylvania State Police have made a thorough search of the woods. We are convinced that there is nothing whatsoever in the woods."

By this time, Murphy was convinced that there was a cover-up of some kind. If there was nothing in the woods, why would the Military be in force at Pennsylvania's Police headquarters? Complete article at UFO Casebook: The 1965 Kecksburg, Pennsylvania Crash

Wikipedia: Kecksburg UFO incident

MUFON: Kecksburg Crash - 1965

Sci Fi Urges Gov't To Come Clean 06/23/2003

Travis Walton Alleged Alien Abduction in Snowflake Arizona

Travis Walton (born February 10, 1953) is an American logger who was supposedly abducted by a UFO on November 5, 1975, while working with a logging crew in the Apache-Sitgreaves National Forest in Arizona. Walton could not be found, but reappeared after a five-day search.

The Walton case received mainstream publicity and remains one of the best-known instances of alleged alien abduction. UFO historian Jerome Clark writes that "Few abduction reports have generated as much controversy" as the Walton case. It is furthermore one of the very few alien abduction cases with corroborative eyewitnesses, and one of few abduction cases where the time allegedly spent in the custody of aliens plays a rather minor role in the overall account.

UFO researchers Jenny Randles and Peter Houghe write that "Neither before or since has an abduction story begun in the manner related by Walton and his coworkers. Furthermore, the Walton case is singular in that the victim vanished for days on end with police squads out searching … it is an atypical 'Close Encounter: Fourth Kind' (CE4) … which bucks the trend so much that it worried some investigators; others defend it staunchly." (Randles and Hough, 186)

Discovery in the woods

The case began on Wednesday, November 5, 1975. Then 22 years old, Walton was employed by Mike Rogers, who had for nine years contracted with the United States Forest Service for various duties. Rogers and Walton were best friends; Walton dated Rogers' sister Dana, whom he later married. Others on the crew were Ken Peterson, John Goulette, Steve Pierce, Allen Dallis and Dwayne Smith. They all lived in the town of Snowflake, Arizona. Complete story at MUFON: "Travis Walton Abduction - 1975"

Wikipedia: Travis Walton UFO incident

Travis Walton Home page including excerpts from his book

Skeptical Information on the Travis Walton "UFO Abduction" Story

40 years later: Most documented UFO sighting, abduction still draw interest 11/14/2015

UFO Casebook: Alien Abduction Case Files

20 Real People Who Claim to Have Been Abducted by Aliens including actress Fran Drescher and Russian Governor or World Chess President Kirsan Ilyumzhinov

Crash at Corona and Roswell

Original 1947 story as reported before the weather balloon claim was made:

Army Reveals It Has Flying Disc Found On Ranch In Mew Mexico

Sacramento Bee July 8, 1947

ROSWELL (N.M.). July 8. (AP) --The army air forces here today announced a flying disc has been found on a ranch near Roswell and is in possession of the army. Lieutenant Warren Haught, public information officer of the Roswell Army AIr Field, announced the find had been made "sometime last week" and had been turned over to the air field through the cooperation of the sheriff's office.

Higher Headquarters

"It was inspected at the Roswell Army Air Field and subsequently loaned by Major Jesse A. Marcel of the 509th Bomb Group Intelligence office in Roswell to higher headquarters."

The army gave no other details. Haught's statement:

"The many rumors regarding the flying discs became a reality yesterday when the intelligence office of the 509th (atomic) Bomb Group of the 8th Air Force, Roswell Army Air Field, was fortunate enough to gain possession of a disc through the cooperation of one of the ranchers and the sheriff's office of Chaves county.

Complete article at UFO Evidence

Wikipedia: Roswell UFO incident

Roswell Proof: The Public "Roswell Incident"

Fatima UFO Hypothesis 1917

The Fatima UFO Hypothesis is a theory that the Miracle at Fatima was a UFO incident. Many UFO researchers including Jacques Vallee, Joaquim Fernandes and Fina d'Armada have expressed the theory. Jacques Vallee first expressed it in the sixties. [1] He believes that the typical responses to this incident for the most part fall into two different categories, the first the scientific response that the people must have mistaken a natural event for a miracle and that nothing important happened, the second the religious response in which this is a miracle and it should be accepted without question. Some researchers including Vallee and Eric Davis into this phenmomenon prefer the term Unidentified Aerial Phenomena (UAP) rather than the term UFO since it is not associated with the Extraterestrial Hypothesis (ETH). Vallee does not believe we should jump to the conclusion that this is the result of Extraterrestrials without further evidence. In 1976 Joaquim Fernandes and Fina d'Armada began an in depth research project into the original newspaper articles and other documents and used this to develop their theory that the incident at Fatima may have been related to the UFO phenomena that began in the forties.

Their work was first published in 1982 in "Extraterrestrial Intervention at Fatima: The Apparitions and the UFO Phenomenon." The incident began on May 13 1917 when three young children claimed to see a lady whom many assumed was the Virgin Mary. When reviewing the original text Joaquim Fernandes and Fina d'Armada found that Lucia Santos the eldest of the three didn't initially say it was our lady of Fatima but just "a small pretty lady". This lady allegedly told them to go to the same spot for six consecutive months. The next five months attracted a growing crowd to observe the event that rose from 40 to 50 people in June, to about 4,500 people in July, 18,000 in August 30,000 in September and 50,000 to 70,000 people in October. [2] Joaquim Fernandes and Fina d'Armada sorted through many different versions of this event and concluded that in most cases the ones that were recorded the earliest were the most reliable. Whenever possible they also interviewed any surviving witnesses, however this didn't include Lucia Santos since they couldn't interview her without approval from the Vatican. [3] [4] Joaquim Fernandes and Fina d'Armada didn't come to any final conclusions about what happened at Fatima due to insufficient information. They recommended more research in the academic community. [5]

Full hypothesis at UFO Hypothesis Far More Credible Than Catholic Claim of A "Miracle Of The Sun"

Additional information at Hurricane Apocalypse Coming With or Without Fringe Conspiracy Theory which includes review of unusual weather phenomena at Fatima during the incident.

Additional information about The miracle of Fatima

Preliminary Conclusions

The list of people that have seen something unexplained in the sky is way to long to completely dismiss it lightly, although a reasonable amount of skepticism about the possibility that it might be alien visitation is appropriate, especially for people that haven't looked too closely. In some cases like Kecksburg or Shag Harbor the local peoples are much more inclined to believe in them, since many of them may have either seen them or know someone that has seen them. They also believe that their sightings should be reported much more widely and in some cases claim that the evidence is stronger than the Roswell claims, which may be right, although looking at many of the most popular ones might be appropriate before coming to that conclusion. This includes former president Jimmy Carter and Governor Fife Symington who admitted to seeing the Phoenix Lights, apologized for treating it like a joke, and said that it can't be dismissed lightly.

It also includes actress Fran Drescher who claimed to have been abducted by aliens, although she provides no corroborating evidence. Air Force Captain Robert Salas claims they shut down nuclear missiles, and there are numerous other claims from other military personnel which should be of interests to national security, assuming people believe that this is an effective deterrent, either because aliens can disable them or because there are military officers claiming they can.

There are also plenty of stories of air force planes getting into dogfights with them and at least one high profile case where a pilot chased them and perhaps ran out of oxygen and crashed dying as a result of a UFO sighting that was confirmed by numerous other pilots also involved in the chase, although they didn't follow Thomas Mantell to higher altitudes where he may have lost oxygen. This includes numerous flights over the White House in 1952 which sent the nation into a panic, although this has long since gone down the memory hole and most people don't even consider the possibility that it might have broader implications.

The Colares Island incident in Brazil has much bigger implications, since there's an enormous amount of evidence from dozens of witnesses along with medical evidence to indicate that many people were injured or even killed by some form of beam allegedly coming from the UFOs. In this case there is major evidence of medical illnesses even if it didn't come from the UFO; and there is a much different story of it being told in the United States than the one told in Brazil or to those that are accustomed to speaking and reading Portuguese. The UFO files reported on this on the History Channel in 2006, but there has been little additional coverage of it in then United States, except perhaps to those that seek it out and might find more reliable sources. The English version of the Wikipedia article on it is almost useless; however the one in Portuguese, which the vast majority of people in the United States would never even think to check, goes into much more detail, indicating that people in Brazil are much more familiar with it.

Additional UFO sightings that have caused medical problems with evidence from hospitals and doctors treating the victims include Cash-Landrum incident in Texas and the Falcon Lake incident in Canada and there is evidence of radiation or some other extremely rare poisoning that doesn't happen naturally to Stefan Michalak, Betty Cash, Vickie and Colby Landrum, that is important to research whether it's related to UFOs or not. There's definitely something that had an impact on the health of these people and in the Colares Island and Cash-Landrum incident there's reason to believe that the military was involved, even if it's not related to extraterrestrials.

Most of the alleged cases of Alien Abduction aren't nearly as strong as the evidence for the incidences in Colares Island or the Cash-Landrum incident; however the Travis Walton abduction might be the exception, where there were seven witnesses to the UFO and it was followed by a missing person that didn't reappear for several days while the police were searching for him and there was a massive media frenzy. This story would be extremely hard to fake but if there is nothing to alleged alien abduction then many of the other ones might be partly true, although they're mostly based on memories allegedly retrieved through hypnosis, which may not be very reliable. One of the highest profile researchers is Dr. David Jacobs; however he isn't a medical doctor, psychiatrist or psychologist, his PhD. is in history and his methods are seriously flawed. On one occasion when he obtained to contradictory memories through hypnosis after asking about the same subject twice, instead of trying to correct the contradiction he decided to solve the problem by avoiding confirmation of stories by double checking them, which is highly unscientific.

This is just one of the many blunders that are so obvious that they should have caught it before reporting it to the public; but instead of correcting this mistake he just builds on it so people reading his work should be able to see right through it, which is perhaps the intent, to confuse the issue. Most other researchers into the alleged alien abduction phenomena aren't much better, however John Mack may be the exception, but even he can't confirm the abductions through any means except hypnosis.

The most famous UFO case is of course Roswell. But far fewer people are aware of Philip Corso's claim that he was given access to the technology retrieved from the crash and others, and shared it with many multinational corporations as reported in his book in 1997 a year before he died. Like a lot of the other research into UFOs it has a fair amount of flaws; however it is far more credible than most other claims of reverse engineering, including Bob Lazar's. If there is something to it then the implication are far more important than most people have even considered.

This could mean that there is potential contact with aliens and that the rapid development of technology since the fifties that has escalated even more in the nineties and after the turn of the century could be a result of this. It also means a massive cover-up although they haven't kept if completely secret.

But the incident that I considered most important may be the so-called "Miracle of the Sun" at Fatima Portugal a hundred years ago because it has the largest number of witnesses long before the UFO phenomena was recognized as potential extraterrestrials, and it was accompanied by evidence of an accurate prediction of future events between May and October of 1917, although the other alleged predictions around this event proved to be false and may have been added after the fact.

Skeptics haven't come close to explaining what happened at Fatima; instead, like a lot of the other biggest mysteries surrounding UFOs or other unexplained phenomena the mainstream media simply never talks about it at all so it's only considered at a low profile manner by a small percentage of the public that recognize the potential significance. On the rare occasions where the media does mention Fatima or other major unsolved mysteries they treat it with ridicule and quickly change the subject.

Fatima may also be the strongest evidence potentially connecting the UFO phenomena and religion. This is practically never mentioned, even on Ancient Aliens on the History Channel, which only mentioned it briefly without going into tit's full significance, as I attempted to do in some of my past articles below.

For some additional details on some of my past articles on the subject see the following:

UFO Hypothesis with rational use of Occam's Razor

Did Padre Pio Or Other Alleged Mystics Have "Revelations" from "God?"

Phony Apocalyptic Judgement Day May Be Here!

Prophets and Mystics

Hurricane Apocalypse Coming With or Without Fringe Conspiracy Theory

Looming North Korea Nuclear Apocalypse Result of Incompetence? Or Staged?

107 Wonders of the Ancient World

Is “Prism” news? or is it ECHELON?

A Brief History of the Mormon Church

Why so few arrests for Crop Circles makers? Is there microwave evidence?

"God's Not Dead" But Is He Nice?

Multinationals Are Using Public For Research On Massive Scale

Yes Virginia There Is A Trump And Clinton Conspiracy but could it be related to a far-fetched Apocalypse Prophecy or a weak copy of it?

Wanted unsuspecting research subjects

Is Stanton Friedman working for the CIA to refute reverse engineering claims?

Deadly Monopolies and Medical Slavery?

Deadly Monopolies With Alien Technology?

UFO Hypothesis Far More Credible Than Catholic Claim of A "Miracle Of The Sun"

Could Steve Bannon Be Providing Propaganda To Enable Climate Change Research Project?

There's a few popular memes saying the "truth is no longer hidden; now people hide from the truth," which isn't quite true many things are still hidden; however some things are scattered where few will find it and many people are in denial, so even if it's not exactly the truth it's damn close. And people who don't take time to do their own research will have to rely on others to do their thinking for them, since the truth won't fit on a bumper sticker or meme!

Wednesday, January 24, 2018

Theory: People Who "Worship" "Freedom" get tyranny!

Why did Donald Trump, or Hillary Clinton for that matter, even get one vote from the grassroots, not counting those faked votes from people involved in bribing the government?

Neither of these two pathetic clowns even did a good job pretending to represent the grassroots, while they were both involved in a mind boggling epidemic level of fraud that was partly exposed long before they made their candidacies official in 2015!

For that matter, if the political establishment knows how to run a better scam, which they do, why aren't they coming up with one?

I'll get back to that one, in a future article, although I've mentioned it before, and start with why there are so many cult followers pretending to participate in the democratic process.

Do you think that Trump voters ever really thought that Mexico would pay of that wall? The media is constantly interviewing these Trump supporters, many of whom can't see through the most obvious scams. I doubt if they're presenting them in proper context, and most of the polls show that his support has never been that strong. The only reason that he was able to get elected was because they managed to rig the Democratic nomination for another pathetic candidate that is almost as bad if not worse.

Hillary Clinton really wasn't much better, which is the only way an absurd clown like Trump was able to get elected! Is the public really that incredibly stupid? Actually no; they made it clear in polls long before these two were nominated that they weren't happy with either of these two candidates; and that if they were provided with a reasonable choice that they wouldn't have wanted either one of them.

The problem was the mainstream media and political establishment refused to provide reasonable coverage for a reasonable choice that had support from the grassroots. But this wasn't enough; in order to nominate these two clowns they had to convince a strong base to support them, even if it might not be quite as big as the media coverage seemed to indicate. The political establishment has been studying how to divide the public into two parties for decades if not since the beginning of the Republic, or when Niccolò Machiavelli wrote "The Prince" and his "Discourses" hundreds of years ago or sooner.

One of the most effective ways they've been able to manipulate the public is by studying how the crowds follow the coolest people or other leaders often without questioning them or holding them accountable and trusting things they say even when they don't make sense. There have been a long list of leaders in any given group that know how much they can get away with and one of the most common organization that has been teaching followers to obey and trust their leaders, prophets or messiahs is of course religion.

Religious people are accustomed to believing some of the most absurd things, although they don't seem to seem absurd to them and one set of absurd beliefs that is easily recognized in one place if often accepted without question in another; and even though we've become accustomed to it; since many people hesitate to discuss their beliefs publicly many of us are unaware just how many insane beliefs are acceptable to some people until it is widely reported as it has been among Donald Trump supporters.

During the primaries many of us focused more on Hillary Clinton's indoctrination because it seemed so incredibly easy to recognize the absurdity of many of Donald Trump's claims, including the claim that he could get Mexico to pay for the wall and that it can just get "ten feet higher" when he shouts it at a rally and repeats it over and over again; and apparently whether or not these people believed it or not they repeated it over and over again until, perhaps some of the people that didn't initially believe it started believing it.

Many people might think that the Democratic Party is less extreme when it comes to blindly obeying their religious leaders, and perhaps they might be a little bit; however if they had a strong base that turned out for Hillary Clinton, including African Americans or Latinos, and a major part of the reason is that the political establishment was able to get their religious leaders to line up behind her, despite her horrible record on many things including mass incarceration, it may not be that much better.

Hillary Clinton supported mass incarceration and the privatization of education along with NAFTA and many more of her husbands policies that were great for corporate America; but terrible for the working class especially minorities. These things should have been easy to recognize for people that were familiar with the news on the subjects, especially if they didn't rely on mainstream media which reported on it to a limited degree but omitted the worst of it. Many younger people that were much more accustomed to checking alternative media outlets and active politically were much less likely to support her; some of them supported Bernie Sanders or even Jill Stein; while others were skeptical of all politicians. At least when Bernie Sanders was challenged by the better informed Black Lives Matter movement he engaged them and responded to their legitimate concerns which may have convinced some of them.

Unfortunately when Hillary Clinton was challenged by the Black Lives Matter movement John Lewis came to her defense, although it's hard to image why. The mainstream media has been telling us for years that he's a "Civil rights Icon" which they began repeating much more often during the 2016 campaign and since then when he speaks out against Trump as if he can do no wrong. But when he claimed during the civil rights movement that he didn't see Bernie Sanders and stated or implied that Hillary Clinton was supporting the civil rights movement all along this was a partial lie. He may not have seen Bernie sanders and Sanders may not have been one of Martin Luther King Jr. closes allies at the time; however Sanders has always been a consistent supporter of the civil rights movement, even if at times some segments like the Black Lives Matter movement didn't always give him blind support.

Hillary Clinton was at best never more than a pretender although for a while in the seventies it might have seemed like some of her political activities might have been sincere, by the time she became First Lady of Arkansas, those familiar with her record and activities at that time should have known that she was far more supportive of Monsanto and other big businesses, including Walmart which she was on the board of at that time, than she ever was of the civil rights movement. When she was in high school as a Young Republican she supported Barry Goldwater who was one of the strongest opponents of the civil rights movement; and as First Lady of the United States, Senator, and Secretary of State she was even worse, and it didn't take much research to see how bad she was, which is why young people accustomed to checking alternative media outlets were able to see through her and spoke out against her.

Should the entire civil rights movement stand down when the great and glorious "Civil Rights Icon" that the media often portrays as the "conscious of congress" tells them to even when he's endorsing one of the most outrageous candidates the Democratic Party has supported in decades who the vast majority of the public doesn't like?

That's clearly what the entire political establishment was counting on and they successfully used this tactics to help rig the nomination for Hillary Clinton and if their nominee wasn't so horrible and unpopular there is no way that a clown like Donald Trump could possibly win!

Why did so many of Clinton's supporters blindly trust their leaders when they endorsed such an awful candidates; and why do so many of Trump's supporters still support him even though he's such an obvious clown that I usually don't even bother making a case against him and if I did there is no way I could keep up with more than a small fraction of his scams, or Hillary's for that matter, even though at times I've tried.

Many of these people have been taught from birth to trust their leaders and respond more to appeals to emotions than to develop critical thinking skills; and an enormous part of the reason for that is religious indoctrination which was much more prevalent among older people. This is why younger people were much more likely to support Bernie Sanders or Jill Stein, and often not without reservations when they think their might be problems.

A major part of the reason why older people are much more likely to believe their leaders without question or recognizing incredibly obvious flaws in their arguments may have been their early upbringing when they could have done a better job developing critical thinking skills. One of the earliest methods of child rearing recommended by the Bible, in numerous versus involves the use of corporal punishment to teach them to behave, and although it may not always specify it is also used to teach people to believe what they're told and to trust their leaders without question.

A small sampling of the Proverbs that encourage spanking or some other form of corporal punishment include 13:24 "Whoever fails to use the stick hates his child; whoever is free with correction loves him." and Proverb 22:15 "Folly is anchored in the heart of a youth, the whip of instruction will rid him of it." However not all Christian leaders have supported these interpretation; Saint Augustine has never approved of the use of corporal punishment, and his arguments against it in his writings are based on rational experiences that have shown that it doesn't work. And more recently Christian child psychologist James Garbarino has recommended different methods without abusing children although he hasn't often come out entirely against corporal punishment, as many secular child rearing experts have.

This is the way children are taught from an early age, James Dobson recommends that spanking begin no later than when a child is eighteen months old before he even knows how to talk or understand why he's being punished, which teaches him to act out of fear and seek the most effective way to avoid pain instead of learning how to develop critical thinking skills.

This is how many children are taught to begin worshiping God and adopt their "chosen" religion, which is actually chosen by the parents and forced on the child using coercive methods. Then some of them go on to teach them to treat the Bible, their God and belief system with awe instead of applying scrutiny. One of the Catholic translations of the Bible even provides instructions on how to read it that start with saying a brief prayer and kissing the Bible as if it is a magical object and reading in a in a state of awe, instead of understanding it or, heaven forbid, figuring out if their might be problems or contradictions in it.

If you're supposed to figure out anything about the Bible it's supposed to be how to worship God and how to interpret it in a manner that glorifies God and makes him seem worthy of blind faith, instead of figuring out whether he actually exist or not; or asking why God doesn't communicate when so many wars based on lies are fought based on religions he allegedly inspired. This creates a lot of problems since the Bible recommends slavery; suggests that it's appropriate for Lot to offer to allow his daughters to be raped in order to spare people he thinks are Angels; and that it is acceptable for God to demand that Abraham sacrifice his son on an alter, only to have him saved at the last minute when God intervenes.

A common justification for the infamous demand that Abraham sacrifice his son is that this was God's way of saying that it would no longer be necessary to do this; in some cases some people making this case have said it very passionately, including on religious shows where audience members can't ask questions; but if they could they might hesitate to do so since the speaker seems so emotional they might expect her or him to get angry which many people do when discussing religion.

However if you read the Bible it doesn't actually say it that way at all; it just lists Abraham's activities in a mater of fact manner without any mention of him agonizing over it, as most modern interpretation seem to say he does. This is a common theme of blind obedience that is repeated over and over again and that it was interpreted for thousands of years until it became morally unacceptable to interpret it that way by people that challenged blind obedience then some modern interpretations kept as much support for blind obedience as they could convince people to go along with, even when leaders are incredibly corrupt of lying constantly leading people into wars based on those lies or other serious problems.

Exodus 14:4 says "I shall then make Pharaoh stubborn and he will set out in pursuit of them; and I shall win glory for myself at the expense of Pharaoh and his whole army, and then the Egyptians will know that I am Yahweh.' And the Israelites did this." which should be considered an obvious form of entrapment; however religious people aren't taught to develop critical thinking skills or challenge their leaders.

The New Testament isn't always much better, in Matthew 10:34-7 it says "'Do not suppose that I have come to bring peace to the earth: it is not peace I have come to bring, but a sword. For I have come to set son against father, daughter against mother, daughter-in-law against mother-in-law; a person's enemies will be the members of his own household. 'No one who prefers father or mother to me is worthy of me. No one who prefers son or daughter to me is worthy of me." This should be considered some kind of belief system that indoctrinates cult followers to blindly obey their leaders or they'll turn them against each other, yet it's been in the Christian Bible all along, and there's much more.

If you take the Bible literally, after leading his people into slavery in Egypt and helping to free them by entrapping the Pharaoh along with the entire Egyptian population God allegedly leads them wandering in the desert before promising to help them invade another country, not becasue they're so good but becasue God is so angry at someone else and he's using the Israeli's to punish them according to Deuteronomy 9:4-6 "Do not think to yourself, once Yahweh your God has driven them before you, "Yahweh has brought me into possession of this country because I am upright," when Yahweh is dispossessing these nations for you, because they do wrong."

"You are not going into their country to take possession because of any right behaviour or uprightness on your part; rather, it is because of their wickedness that Yahweh is dispossessing these nations for you, and also to keep the pact which he swore to your ancestors, Abraham, Isaac and Jacob."

"Be clear about this: Yahweh is not giving you possession of this fine country because of any right conduct on your part, for you are an obstinate people."

This God allegedly works through revelations without an open honest line of communication; but how can people tell whether these revelation are real if they're only given to one person who then relays it to other; or how can they be certain that God isn't a liar? According to Deuteronomy Chapter 18:20-2 "But the prophet who presumes to say something in my name which I have not commanded him to say, or who speaks in the name of other gods, that prophet must die."

"'You may be privately wondering, 'How are we to tell that a prophecy does not come from Yahweh?' When a prophet speaks in the name of Yahweh and the thing does not happen and the word is not fulfilled, then it has not been said by Yahweh. The prophet has spoken presumptuously. You have nothing to fear from him.'"

Which seems to mean that they're supposed to trust alleged prophets but when a false prophet comes along they won't find out until after it's too late. As for how they might know that God himself isn't a liar; they're not even supposed to consider such a possibility, which would be blasphemous according to many Biblical quotes; or at least that's what many of the most devout seem to believe; and in many cases if they encounter people who consider this question the most passionate faithful people might respond with anger that could escalate to violence killing people they disagree with!

But if people with critical thinking skills do question God's honesty it shouldn't be hard to figure out that if he was honest he wouldn't communicate in deceptive ways that lead to support of one tyrant after another fighting one war after another based on lies or Biblical Prophecy which makes no sense at all.

Religion is supposed to teach a higher sense of morality, or at least that's what the faithful claim; however as I pointed out in Apartheid States of America many of the most religious areas have the highest murder rates in the country and less religious areas like Europe are even less violent than the least violent of the United States. This article also points out that religion is a major aprt of the reason why we ahve so many abandoned inner cities and instead of funding education and child care that could dramatically improve quality of life, teach critical thinking skills and reduce crime, they're spending fortunes on Megachurches and televangelists that are scamming the faithful on a massive scale, and helping to indoctrinate them to support one war after another based on lies from their political leaders.

And other articles that accompanied that show that our political leaders aren't paying any attention to other research on other contributing causes of crime, including Gambling, insurance, income inequality, lack of education and an incredibly unfair economic system which few if any establishment politicians challenge, although many pretend to speak out against it.

We can't get "freedom" by worshiping it and picking leaders that we trust without scrutiny, including great and glorious "Civil Rights Icons" and allowing them to do everything for us! Instead people at the grassroots have to do a better job developing critical thinking skills and stop trusting leaders who have an incredibly long record of betraying that trust!

I don't know why John Lewis and many of the so called Civil Rights leaders caved and supported Hillary Clinton who clearly never supported the civil rights movement as much as she pretended to when it suited her political agenda; but for one reason or anther they did. Some seem to think they sold out to Big Pharmaceutical companies or other Wall Street interests, and I can't completely rule this out, especially since there is some circumstantial evidence to support this belief and there are some that have been caught blatantly in corrupt activities that are even worse although I suspect that if we could get the whole truth we would find out there's more to it than that.

I don't want to be cynical and oppose everything the Democrats do, especially when they're standing up to Trump but their past corruption and political activity is what enabled him to get into office in the first place and blindly trusting them isn't going to solve the problem!

The following are a few additional sources for this article:

Open Secrets: John Lewis Health Professionals Total: $68,151 Individuals: $27,351 PACs: $40,800 (retrieved 01/23/2018)

In These Times: The Black Political Establishment Should Never Have Given Hillary Clinton a Blank Check 08/08/2016

Who Endorsed Hillary Clinton? The Congressional Black Caucus or Its PAC Filled with Lobbyists? 02/12/2016

Old black men don a cape for Hillary Clinton Here John Lewis comes to save the day for big pharma, private prisons, Walmart, etc. 02/12/2016

The Congressional Black Caucus’ Endorsement Of Hillary Clinton Is Outrageous 02/12/2016

Friday, January 19, 2018

Apartheid States of America

Are religions really supposed to teach higher morals or to enable different people from around the world to get along with each other?

If so, they don't seem to be doing a job at it, or at least not many of the highest profile ones, especially the biggest ones where the congregations are so large it must be much more difficult for people to get to know each other or their pastors.

A quick look at FBI statistics for violent crime including murder clearly indicates that some of the most religious areas, in the bible belt, are often at the top of the list for murder rates, and some of the most secular areas are at the bottom when it comes to murder rates. A closer look also indicates that some of the highest crime states also have the greatest inequality and more abandoned inner cities.

That's only if you compare regions within the United States; it gets even worse, or better depending on how you look at it when you look at a List of countries by intentional homicide rate. The reason this could make things much better is that we could figure out what other countries might be doing that enables them to get much lower crime and murder rates, especially in Europe, including some countries which are much less religious and have much lower murder and crime rates.

The United States has among the highest murder rates among the developed world with an average of about 5.4 on over the past fifteen years; it dropped to 4.5 in 2013 and 2014 before climbing back up to 5.3, almost as high as the average in 2016. Many third world countries have much higher rates; however they're often oppressed by violent undemocratic regimes, including many that are supported by the United States government. There is little or no effort to educate the public about these trends or the contributing causes, which includes, but isn't limited to religion, to the public so they can make public policy decisions to restore the downward trend, which has now been reversed.

One of the countries with the lowest murder rates in the world is Norway, which we could learn from whether a lot of them want to immigrate to the United States or not; and instead of worrying about whether or not they immigrate to the united States we could and should learn from the things that they might be doing right including providing child care for their people, and preventing child abuse including corporal punishment.

I went into this more in Ignored evidence linking corporal punishment, poverty and crime grows and Does lack of education increase violent crime? Religion? in an earlier review that shows states still using corporal punishment in schools are much more likely to be in the top ten for murder rates along with additional evidence to show that it leads to escalating violence and that it is often supported for religious reasons. There was one possible exception to the evidence indicating that the most religious states are often the most violent, which is Utah, which is mostly Mormon and Gordon Hinkley, the former first president of the Mormon Church came out against corporal punishment, unlike Protestant or Catholic Churches, which also supports other evidence that corporal punishment leads to escalating violence.

A more recent follow up on that includes Media is aiding and abetting in Televangelist Fraud and Megalithic Churches correlated with local murder rates which shows that the murder rates are much higher, on average, in a large portion of the cities that have some of the biggest megachurches, or in many cases that they're just outside large dysfunctional cities with high murder rates, and that secular areas or areas that do a better job addressing social concerns like child care and education are much less likely to have high murder rates.

This corelation is even more extreme when you look at the international rates especially for States which have prohibited all corporal punishment that have much lower murder rates; and many of them also do a much better job providing child care and education, as well. Nineteen European countries along with New Zealand and Australia, and more countries in Asia, have murder rates that are less than one per hundred thousand people which is between one fifth and one tenth of the murder rates in the United States and fifteen of those twenty-one Caucasian countries have banned all use of corporal punishment. Except for Lithuania, which only banned corporal punishment last year all the European countries that have banned it have much lower rates than the United States, which adds to the evidence that corporal punishment teaches violence and leads to higher murder rates or lack of critical thinking skills, including questioning wars based on lies.

These European countries are also not involved in many of these wars based on lies which has much more support in religious areas; and additional evidence indicates that this is also a contributing factor to higher violence at home.

A closer look at the correlation between higher murder rates and megachurches also provides an enormous amount of evidence that might indicates economic apartheid as well, where one wealthier class of society makes all the decisions about the economy and has access to all the resources they need to develop properly while a poorer or middle class has much less say and less educational or child care opportunities resulting in much higher murder rates in the areas where they live in.

The vast majority of megachurches around the country are either in big cities that have abandoned ghettos or in the suburbs of these cities nearby, usually with lower murder rates, although there are some exceptions for that as well and even when their murder rates are lower than average in the United State the vast majority of them aren't as low as in the countries that do a better job providing better child care and education.

Some things should be incredibly easy to understand; if you have a choice between providing good child care and education or building large monuments, megachurches or other things that do little to help with the basic functions of society and you choose the monuments, megachurches or other things that might be considered "Graven Idols," somethings bound to go wrong. And the statistics clearly indicate that is exactly what has happened with dysfunctional cities with high murder rates, and additional research is virtually guaranteed to show evidence of more poverty, income inequality, lower health and lower quality of life.

Kind of like what might have happened when ancient civilizations built massive monuments that we consider so spectacular like the pyramids, Angkor temples, massive statues etc. They may seem spectacular; but the civilizations that built them all collapsed!

As I pointed out in the previous articles about this subject there are more megachurches in cities with above average murder rates, and if you add the suburbs, it's well over eighty percent; however at the state level it varies a little more, not surprisingly, to anyone that has spent time looking at statistics about sociology. Some of the states have more megachurches below average but when you count the suburbs, just outside more violent cities of those states the best of the are almost always over seventy percent. And, there are more Megachurches per capita in the ten states with the highest murder rates based on 2016 crime reports than the ten with the lowest murder rates; for megachurches with more than 10,000 people attending there are 3.5 churches in the top ten for every 1 in the bottom ten; and for all churches there are 2.4 in the top ten for every 1 in the bottom ten; however since the churches in the top ten are larger it would be even bigger difference based on total attendance rates, if I calculated it.

Like almost all social statistics, if someone was inclined to search for just those statistics that make religion look better there are a few opportunities; however they don't seem to be in the states with the largest volume. Instead they're in the states with the lowest volume that also happen to be in the bottom ten, although I haven't checked the majority of those in the middle except Texas. Connecticut has only eight and all of them are below average for the nation and only one above average for the state; but they're all just outside of their two biggest cities with much higher crime rates, two and a half to four times the national average. The only two in North Dakota are both in Fargo which is slightly below average for the state and a fraction of the national rate.

The correlation in the states with the top ten murder rates is much more extreme, even though a few of them have a majority with below average rates. Except for Nevada, where Las Vegas has half of the Megachurches and the rate is almost twice the national rate, these all have large abandoned inner cities with at least twice, and usually three or four times the national murder rates. Six of them have over half above the national rate and the majority of the remaining ones in suburbs fairly close to these abandoned inner cities.

I haven't looked as thoroughly at whether or not large cities with high murder rates have more megachurches as those with lower rates, however a small sampling indicates they do. Out of the eleven states with over a million people in them the only three that have below average murder rates, San Diego San Jose and New York, all have much fewer megachurches than Houston or Dallas; Las Vegas, Los Angeles, San Antonio and Phoenix, all have lower murder rates than Houston or Dallas although Phoenix isn't much lower and they all have fewer megachurches; in the case of San Antonio they have a higher population than Dallas with fewer murders and megachurches. However both Philadelphia and Chicago have higher murder rates than Houston and Dallas, and although they have more megachurches than the three that are below average they have fewer than Houston or Dallas. Austin, slightly below a million people, which has lower murder rates and is also in Texas, has more churches per capita than Dallas or Houston but the ones in Dallas and Houston are bigger meaning they probably have more people attending these churches; and if you count the suburbs of Dallas or Houston they both have much more megachurches than Austin.

El Paso also has fewer megachurches per capita than Houston or Dallas and it only has a murder rate that is half that of the national average. It may be worth noting that both El Paso and Brownsville are well below half the national average despite the fact that they have a lower median income than most of the cities with below average murder rates, and they're both on the border with Mexico where you might expect high crimes with all these i problems we're allegedly getting with illegal immigration, and they have 80% and 94% Hispanic populations. A closer look at this might indicate that an enormous amount of the fear mongering in the media is based on false facts. These two Hispanic communities have much lower murder rates than many white communities with similar populations and incomes.

Nor have I looked as thoroughly, yet, at megachurches around the world; however a quick glance at Global Megachurches-World's Largest Churches compiled by Warren Bird indicates that in Europe, where murder rates are very low they have few megachurches and they're not as large, Asia has much more, and their crime rates are fairly low; but there's a large volume in both Africa and Latin America where the murder rates are much higher than they United States. These are also dysfunctional countries under control of tyrants that are often more accountable to multinational corporation than their own people.

Any good sociologists of statistician will agree that correlation alone is not enough to prove causation without additional research; however it is enough to indicate that there must be some connection for one reason or another, especially when it is this big. Part of the explanation is, of course that larger cities have higher murder rates; however this correlation is too large for that to explain all of it, and some of these comparisons account for that.

Perhaps one of the best researchers on the subject of income inequality is Jonathan Kozol, who has written over a dozen good books on the subject starting with "Death at an Early Age," describing his own experience in the Boston School system and how they were reluctant to respond to many legitimate concerns from parents with little or no political clout. He followed this up with "Savage Inequalities" and "The Shame of the Nation" exposing how unequal schools are; and "Rachel and Her Children" and "Amazing Grace" showing how this extends to homeless shelters medical treatment and exposure to much more pollution than wealthy people have to put up with.

His work is among the best research that I have seen, although additional researchers include Chris Hedges author of "Days of Destruction; Days of Revolt" Hendrick Smith author of "Who Stole the American Dream," Naomi Klein author of "The Shock Doctrine" and "No Logo" and many more that aren't promoted much in the mainstream media at all; but they provide much better research exposing economic inequality and how the democratic process is breaking down, since the mainstream media is controlled almost entirely by multimillionaires and billionaires that benefit from enormous amounts of economic inequality.

Jonathan Kozol has exposed how the political establishment has spent an enormous amount of money in legal expenses, lobbying, and deceptive to challenge court ruling that require equal treatment for minorities in education. Obviously they could have spent these legal and lobbying expenses on improving education instead reducing the gap, but chose not to, and as a result of inadequate education they have created a lot of other problems that contribute to higher crime rates in abandoned inner cities, adding massive amounts of additional expenses in court costs and prisons to deal with crime.

He also wrote about numerous hotels run by people with political connections that were contracted out to house the homeless at incredibly high rates, yet they provided incredibly poor services that didn't enable poor families to get back on their feet. These Hotels were clearly far more concerned with enriching the owners than with helping the homeless become more productive; and Kozol showed how some other programs did a much better job for much lower costs. These corrupt hotels have been exposed and shut down from time to time so the ones he wrote about were closed but more took their place, although they may not have done so equally across the country.

Some of these hotels he helped expose, often with the help of other investigative researchers, were in New York City in the eighties and they were shut down. Since then the murder rates began to steadily drop in New York City until it became the second or third city with over a million people that had below average murder rates; for a long time San Diego was the only one that did that. I wouldn't be surprised if these politically connected hotels are far less common than they used to be in New York City, but they may still be more common in other cities that still have higher murder rates, including the ones that helped reverse the decline in violent crime that reached a historical low in 2013 and 2014 before climbing again in 2015 and 2016.

If we added to that the enormous amounts of money spent on these megachurches that are also in these abandoned inner cities that aren't providing adequate child care or education this could show how to resolve many of these problems without an enormous amount of additional expenses, especially in the long run, although in the short run it may be necessary to continue paying some of these high court costs, since violence won't disappear overnight but it is a far better investment than prisons and it works without slowly causing society to decay, which is what is happening in these abandoned inner cities.

Some of this should be basic common sense, and the solution to these problems would be clear if the media did a better job reporting on the most reliable research instead of treating people like Jonathan Kozol, Noam Chomsky, Chris Hedges or Howard Zinn, like fringe radicals; they're actually much less extreme than the people with political clout that are making these decisions, which are Machiavellian.

One of the things Niccolò Machiavelli recommended, to control the working class, was to keep them poor with little resources that the wealthy ruling class were able to control and use to manipulate the majority. In his time there was no education available to the working class at all; this didn't begin until the industrial revolution and factory owners found that they needed educated workers, then as Howard Zinn describes in "A People's History of the United States" they provided enough education, and only enough education to teach workers how to do a good job. To this day the elite ruling class that lives in the wealthy suburbs with lower murder rates are making the majority of decisions about the education system for the working class and the poor, and they're using it to deprive them of the education they need to stand up to the political corruption that they benefit from.

This is literally right under their noses in Washington D.C. where the murder rates are 27.07 five times the national average rate; but the politicians live in the suburbs where the murder rates are much lower, and presumably they must have some way of keeping the lower classes in their place so they don't wander into the wealthy neighborhoods that may have a lot of gated communities, especially for politicians and high paid lobbyists. Baltimore is even worse with a rate of 40.05 and it's only a short drive across those wealthier suburbs, yet the politicians manage to stay oblivious to it when they decline to provide funds for education or child care that could solve a lot of these problems and is much less expensive than hiring police and paying for prisons after the fact. Maryland is routinely among the states with the highest murder rates along with Missouri that has similar characteristics where their are megachurches within abandoned inner cities and all the megachurches in Maryland and almost all in Missouri are nearby in the wealthier suburbs where the people that make decisions about funding live and are safe from the crime, or at least safer. If you compared it to Europe's lower rates, even these wealthy suburbs have high rates.

Most of the other states in the top ten for murder rates are even worse where a majority of the megachurches are in cities with above average rates and some are way higher; and even in Minnesota, which is routinely in the lowest ten for murder rates and has a state average of only two has characteristics of apartheid in Minneapolis where the rate is more than double the national average and five times the state average. Several of Minnesota's biggest megachurches are in Minneapolis and even though the majority are in suburbs with lower murder rates they're all near Minneapolis; once you get farther away in the rural areas to the west there are no megachurches.

It doesn't take a genius to realize that these separate but unequal megachurches are being used the same way the separate but unequal schools are being used to control the public and teach them to accept their place without questioning the political and media establishment that only covers incredibly corrupt candidates that clearly seem to be studying to see how to make promises to get elected only to break them over and over again once they get in office.

These megachurches and the political and media establishment helped ensure that the candidates that got the nomination catered overwhelmingly to the ruling class without addressing the concerns of the working class. Without appeals to emotion and rigged media coverage there's no way these two clowns could ahve gotten either nomination, which is what enabled the worst demagogue in history to get elected to the presidency!

Clearly we could learn an enormous amount from these countries that are taking care of their children much better to improve our own education system and end this obsession with worshiping at Megachurches that make appeals to emotion that are used to indoctrinate the working class to accept massive income inequality and to support one war after another based on lies as indicated by several articles including What It’s Like for a Working Mom in Oslo, Norway 08/21/2014; however that doesn't mean we should follow all their practices or stop with those reforms. This article focuses on Else Marie Hasle who is a "Marketing professional," which most people think of as a respectable job; but there's just one problem.

Marketing is one of the trades that we consider respectable and well paid but it's essentially well paid respectable fraud used to rob us blind in one industry after another, although there might be some exceptions that aren't quite as manipulative. Marketing is used to convince working class people to buy that useless insurance that Alex Trebek is peddling even though a large portion of the money collected goes to pay for the ads and Alex is getting his share of the loot; it's used to make torn jeans seem fashionable so foolish girls pay more for clothes that are already falling apart; when a major industry like Wells Fargo or BP gets caught red handed in a massive scam that robs or endangers the public marketing, or public relations is used to convince the majority of the public that they're respectable again so they can continue to dominate their respective industries.

Marketing is one of several industries, including political punditry, union busting and televangelism that is used to indoctrinate the public and shifte wealth from the majority to the wealthy elites, and we need a far more diverse control of large institutions that need to be held accountable to the public. Discussions about "ethics in marketing" are often controlled by the educated class that is benefiting from it and little or no effort is made to warn people about epidemic levels of fraud from a variety of sources.

Our economic system is controlled by a small fraction of the public, and contrary to the propaganda they come up with, it is not a "free market system" which enables the public to control the economy by making informed decisions; the information the public uses to make those decisions is controlled by marketing people.

It's not just the televangelists and megachurch pastors that need to be exposed for their epidemic levels of fraud but any type of industry that is involved in fraud including charismatic speaking like Suze Orman constantly telling people they need more insurance or other financial scams without telling them about her own financial incentives to promote these scams.

Although this review, so far has focused on Protestant Megachurches there are plenty of others that are doing little if anything to help the public that funds them one way or another including massive Scientology, Mormon, Catholic, or Muslim churches that use an enormous amount of resources without providing for many of the basic functions of society. Many of these religions have alleged revelations, like the commandment not to worship "graven idols," warning followers not to build such monumental structures and worship them; yet in the case of this commandment it wasn't long after it was given that Joshua built the Ark of the Covenant, with fancy jewels and other ornaments that served no practical purpose, and they began worshiping it. Like a lot of other things in religious teachings there are some verses that recommend one thing then others that often recommend the opposite; and they're often subject to interpretation so charismatic cult leaders routinely change their interpretations at any given time depending on what they want out of followers that blindly believe almost everything they teach, in many cases.

For additional information on the subject see the following:

Jonathan Kozol "Death At An Early Age"

Jonathan Kozol "Savage Inequalities" (Complete online copy)

List of Muslim mosques in the United States

List of largest Muslim mosques

Scientology Churches

Largest Catholic Churches in the United States

Largest Mormon Temples

What universal child care does for Norway 05/16/2013

Racial segregation of churches in the United States

The public and private faith of Hillary Clinton 10/31/2016

A New Decade of Megachurches 2011 Profile of Large Attendance Churches in the United States by Warren Bird and Scott Thumma

The million dollar question: Should I attend a megachurch?

Charismatic Primer 12 – Global Megachurches By Continent – Africa 10/08/2013