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"????

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