High Strangeness: The Interplanetary Parliament of UFOs

Friday, January 9, 2015

The Interplanetary Parliament of UFOs

I am reading a grimly fascinating book this week with the exceedingly self-explanatory title: "Atomic Accidents: A History of Nuclear Meltdowns and Disasters: From the Ozark Mountains to Fukushima," by James Mahaffey.

I've heard stories here and there over the years about atomic bombs accidentally being dropped by US bombers into the Mediterranean Sea, or nuclear reactor technicians in Idaho being fried when one of them flipped the wrong switch (apparently motivated by marital troubles), but, man oh man... until I started this book, I had no idea how often and how spectacularly nuclear bombs and reactors have come so breathtakingly close to blowing us all to smithereens. Like I said, it's grim.

And, let me tell you, dying as a result of a nuclear accident is not fun. You basically have two choices: getting vaporized by a steam explosion, or being bathed in lethal radiation and spending the next few days vomiting, losing control of your limbs and then watching them fall off. Getting vaporized is quicker, for sure, but then again you don't get to enjoy those brief hours of having the world's deepest, richest tan.

One disaster story in particular stands out. It's the story of a catastrophe at the Mayak nuclear fuel factory (formerly known as Chelyabinsk-40) near Kyshtym in Russia , something the author describes this way: "It may go down in history as the worst release of radioactive fission products to have occurred..." 

Ever heard of it? Probably not. The KGB kept such a tight lid of secrecy over the accident that for many years no one even knew when it happened. Sometime between 1954 and 1961 was the best guess anyone could come up with. The CIA knew something bad had happened in the USSR, even if they didn't know what or when, so they sent a pilot named Gary Powers over to Russia in a U-2 spy plane to take a look. That didn't go too well for Mr. Powers or the CIA.

Believe it or not, this is where UFOs enter the story.

The first inkling anyone had that a nuclear accident had occurred in the USSR came about in the June, 1958 newsletter of a UFO group called "The Aetherius Society." For reasons that should be abundantly clear, I find myself unable to adequately describe to you just what The Aetherius Society is, so I'll quote from their website:
"The Society was founded in the mid-1950s by an Englishman named George King shortly after he was contacted in London by an extraterrestrial intelligence known as 'Aetherius'. The main body of the Society’s teachings consists of the wisdom given through the mediumship of Dr King by the Master Aetherius and other advanced intelligences from this world and beyond."
This Aetherius fellow had a much better view of the USSR than did Gary Powers, and in April, 1958, he sent the following telepathic message to Dr. King:
"Owing to an atomic accident just recently in the USSR, a great amount of radioactivity in the shape of radioactive iodine, strontium 90, radioactive nitrogen and radioactive sodium have been released into the atmosphere of Terra."
Dr. George King and his band of merry followers.
The article went to state that "all forms of reception from Interplanetary sources will become a little more difficult during the next few weeks because of the foolish actions of Russia." The "Interplanetary Parliament," it continued, would have to use an enormous amount of energy to clean up the mess, although they claimed to have saved 17,000,000 souls...

Inexplicably, the next anyone knew of the nuclear accident was in 1976, when an exiled Soviet biologist wrote about it in New Scientist magazine. Over time, more information leaked, and it was learned that "careless storage of radioactive wastes at Chelyabinsk-40 had resulted in massive destruction." Mahaffey describes the explosion as "the world's first 'dirty bomb.'"

It's a great story, but there's a huge, gaping hole in the middle of it: No one seems to know how in hell "Atherius" knew about it in 1958. I can't figure out why, but author Mahaffey never pursues the question; he just lets it hang there...

He does offer this helpful explanation of UFOs, however: "UFO is an Air Force term, meaning Unidentified Flying Object, or an apparently controlled machine moving through the atmosphere that cannot be classified by type, country or origin, manufacturer, or serial number."

Uh... serial number...?

Whatever... The point is, who in the hell was Dr. George King and how did he learn about a Soviet nuclear disaster years before anyone else did???? Did the information really come from "Aetherius"???? And by "Aetherius" could I mean "CIA"????


Jack Brewer said...

Particularly enjoyed and appreciated your last couple posts, Mark. Thanks. Maybe not all roads, but a lot of them sure seem to lead to "Aetherius".

Terry the Censor said...

> who in the hell was Dr. George King and how did he learn about a Soviet nuclear disaster years before anyone else did????

I got it covereed for you, Mark.

Three years ago I took my friend Karl (host of the Conspiracy Skeptic podcast) to see a talk by the Toronto chapter of the Aetherius Society. I was stunned they still existed and had to go see.

Karl wrote up a two-part fact-check of the talk (with some research assistance from me). He found out that King was a cabbie, not a doctor or PhD. The claim about privileged knowledge of the nuclear accident was entirely bogus. And much of the Aetherius science claims are 40 or more years out of date.

PART 1 (Please ignore Karl's hyperbole about my research goals. He has a lot of confidence in my ability but I am blessedly modest. But don't miss the official Aetherius response in the comments!)

PART 2: The Soviet nuclear accident (plus two others).

My UFO reference books have little information about the Aetherius Society, but two UK scientists, back in the day, had a go at King and his mad notions.

Astronomer Patrick Moore has a chapter in "Can You Speak Venusian?" (1972) about his hilarious dealings with King and the society.

Archive.org has a scan of the first edition of the book (see Chapter 11).

Psychologist Christopher Evans, in his book "Cults of Unreason" (1973), gives his take on the cult.

This online version of the Aetherius chapter appears complete.

Puffin Watch said...

"how did he learn about a Soviet nuclear disaster years before anyone else did"

The short story that Terry linked to: He learned about it from headlines that were in the news (like the New York Times) days before he wrote about it.

Puffin Watch said...

Besides the "Russian Incident" the Aetherius society tends to promote two other "predictions" or having knowledge unknown to people so it could only come from space aliens.

The Windscale Accident: King exhibited skepticism that during a nuclear accident in the Uk the government wasn't telling the whole story. King was the only person in the UK that was skeptical of his government during a disaster? It's not a remarkable claim, given popular news accounts of the day were not jibing with official government pronouncements. Again, where did King get his information? Reading newspaper headlines.

Chernobyl disaster: King was supposedly told the vague "an emergency situation was about to occur upon Earth". And then a few days later Chernobyl caught on fire. Again, looking at the contemporary headlines, shortly before the Chernobyl disaster the press was speculating about a Mt. St. Helen's level volcanic eruption that might soon take place in Alaska. It's really not hard to believe King was "releasing energy" from his spiritual batteries thinking they might prevent a volcanic eruption. They had done it before in an attempt to prevent an earthquake they thought was going to happen.

There's a very detailed page here about King's various claims, including all the bizarre grandiose titles he awarded himself (soemthing L. Ron Hubbard used to do as well):


Anonymous said...

Funny, I thought you guys here believe in UFOs? Well, they don't just fly around for fun, you know. Aetherius is real, has nothing to do with the CIA as he comes from Venus. And he knew about Kyshtym because he was involved in the saving of 17 million lives there.
I have been in the Aetherius Society for 45 years, and knew George King personally - but don't take my word for it, check it out for yourselves

rroffel said...

It was revealed in the early 90s that the radiation was from the improper storage of nuclear fuel in abandoned mines far south east of Moscow. When it reached critical mass it exploded, forcing the government to evacuate dozens of villages and towns. Until researchers uncovered this, it was kept under wraps.

No need to invoke UFOs or "interplanetary parliaments" here. It was just human error and ignorance.

Puffin Watch said...

"Funny, I thought you guys here believe in UFOs?"

One can believe in UFOs and not believe in every improbable claim.

"And he knew about Kyshtym because he was involved in the saving of 17 million lives there."

Well, so you say. But as I've noted, King's claims were non specific and were clearly in reference to something he read in newspaper headlines a few days earlier. He knew exactly what the Associated Press knew. He revealed no additional information that only came out when the world learned of the Kyshtym disaster.

"but don't take my word for it, check it out for yourselves"

Indeed. Check out the rational wiki summations of King's "predictions" (none of them suggested knowledge that wasn't avaialbe in the day's newspaper headlines) and his odd ball titles (mostly things he appears to have awarded himself or bought from diploma mill type organizations).

You might wonder why he went to all that effort to make himself appear a man of letters and high sounding accolades when he was in possession of "the truth". I sure do.

Puffin Watch said...

Another King "prediction" falls:


Kandinsky said...

I'm about to hit the hay and won't be adding links right now.

There's a contemporary pdf essay on archive.org that gives King a kicking. There's also a half-hour long lecture that would make most people shake their heads.

Sure, he could have been a messenger of the CIA who operated in the UK. He may well have been tasked to attract wealthy women with empty platitudes and stoked-up fears of atomic disaster. Who knows?

It seems more likely that he got lucky in the claim.

Throughout the '50s, the Contactees used a scattergun approach of impending disasters by atomic events, pole-shifts, asteroid catastrophes, floods and so forth.

Sooner or later, one of them had to hit the target didn't they? We should be thankful that it was King's minor incident and not something like Dorothy Martin's 'end-of-the-world' prophecies that took the win.

Terry the Censor said...

> a contemporary pdf essay on archive.org that gives King a kicking.

Is it...?

Alexander Baron: Is There Intelligent Life On Earth? Inside the Whacky World of the Aetherius Society (1992)


Mark UFO'Connell said...

I'm glad there are so many knowledgeable Aetherius experts! This is all very fun reading.

Paua said...

I don't know how he learned about it. I'm still thinking about all those near accidents. although those shouldn't be a surprise, it's interesting that the general public never makes queries about that.