- According to a recent article from the website World
Net Daily, a report leaked from within the Italian government blames a
series of "inexplicable" fires that erupted in a Sicilian village
in 2004 on "space aliens." The report states that an unknown
"static electric charge" was the source of the fires, and that
"unnatural forces" -- presumably unleashed by ETs -- are the
most likely culprit.
- These findings are the apparent result of a $2 million
investigation by Sicily's Civil Protection Agency (funded by the Italian
government), which reportedly included the participation of a NASA scientist.
- The World Net Daily article reads: "Leaked copies
say the bizarre fires were 'caused by high-power electromagnetic emissions
which were not man-made and reached a power of between 12 and 15 gigawatts.'
- "The report also references a possible UFO landing
close to Caronia where 'burned imprints which have not been explained were
found in a field.'"
- The full article may be read here:
- Initially, popular opinion in Italian culture was that
the fires were created by "demonic" forces. And since no other
"unknown force" seems readily to blame, "aliens" have
become the culprit of choice.
- I have had a lifelong interest in UFOs, and I don't dismiss
anything out of hand. But in this instance, I feel very confident in saying
that "space alien" theories are an unnecessarily esoteric explanation
for what is most likely a perfectly natural, yet poorly understood, phenomenon.
- From the Electric Universe perspective, the Earth, like
all of the planets in our solar system, is an electrically-charged body.
We are in continuous electrical relationship with the Sun, which is the
focus of a glow discharge, receiving its power EXTERNALLY from galactic
currents. We see sprites and giant jets that reach from Earth TO space
-- lightning above the clouds that was considered absurd until it was definitively
validated in the early 1990s. (See Giant
Lightning TO Space --)
- The basis to suspect a natural, electrical origin of
the fires is quite extensive, and many reasonable explanations can be proffered.
- Some 2004 reports suggested that the Italian fires were
due to a combination of "piezoelectricty" (electricity produced
by mechanical pressure on certain crystals) and/or an underground electromagnetic
- Other reports note that the fires continued well after
electricity to the area had been cut off. Mobile phones and disconnected
fuse boxes reportedly burst into flames, and even the locking systems of
cars mysteriously blocked up, adding to the suspicion that mysterious electromagnetic
forces were at work. (See Piezoelectric
Fires in Messina, Italy, )
- ET may not be the source of the apparent electromagnetic
forces, but something else from space well could be. The earth is electrically
dynamic, and when it encounters other charged bodies, such as comets and
meteors, electric discharges can occur, sometimes with catastrophic results.
- In the Thunderbolts series The Comet and the Chicago
Fire, presented was the possibility that the terrible conflagration was
caused by the close passage of fragments from Comet Biela (whose nucleus
"mysteriously" split in two in 1845). Among the oft-forgotten
facts around the case: 1) Simultaneous conflagrations -- each a case of
apparent "spontaneous combustion" -- erupted hundreds of kilometers
apart in three different states -- Wisconsin, Michigan, and Illinois. (Mrs.
O' Leary's cow must have been quite busy, indeed!) 2) In 1852, when Biela's
twin comet-heads reappeared, a BRIGHT JET was seen between the two heads,
which were over 2 MILLION KILOMETERS apart; 3) On November 27, 1872, Professor
W. Klinkerfues of Berlin, calculated the trajectories of a major meteor
shower (several thousand meteors an hour), and concluded that they were
the remains of the comet. 4) Witnesses of the fire reported fire descending
from the sky, descending balloons of fire, buildings exploding with fire
when no fire was yet present (and many other instances of "spontaneous
combustion"), fusing of fireproof building material, colorful flames
running along cornices of buildings (a typical description of "St.
Elmo's Fire" witnessed in electrical storms), and a rain of fire and
sand from the sky.
- Since at least one of Biela's comet heads had presumably
disintegrated by 1871, it is only reasonable to question whether Earth's
orbit may have encountered the debris. (To read the full three-part series,
- Electromagnetic effects from comets, meteorites, and
meteor fireballs have been heavily discussed on the Thunderbolts site.
Scientists do not really understand why bolides flicker, flare up, and
explode as they streak toward the Earth. Nor do they understand why some
meteors are accompanied by electrophonic sound that is simultaneous with
their flaring up. See The
- The possibility of the Earth having an electrical interaction
with a meteoric intruder should certainly be considered by the Italian
investigators, at least before they began speculating about aliens experimenting
with electromagnetic weaponry!
- Another natural explanation for the fires might be volcanism,
since the nearby Eolian Islands is one of the most volcanically active
zones in Europe. In the Electric Universe hypothesis, volcanoes are dynamically
related to the electric Earth. In fact, the World Net Daily report mentions
an electrical volcanic effect as the possible causative agent of the fires:
"One natural hypothesis that had been considered was electrical energy
related to volcanic activity beneath the land's crust being released near
the village. Supercharged ions, it was speculated, might then spark the
fires once meeting up with electronic devices in the homes.
- "'The cause of the fires seems to have been static
electric charges,' Tullio Martella, the head of Sicily's Civil Protection
Agency told the New York Times in 2004. 'What we don't understand is why
there were these static electric charges.'"
- Volcanic eruptions are sometimes accompanied by spectacular
displays of lightning, but the cause is poorly understood, and new discoveries
have only deepened the mysteries. A recent news story reports on a study
into volcanic electrical phenomena occurring in the eruption of Mt. Augustine
in Alaska. The website LiveScience.com writes: "The lightning in a
volcanic eruption occurs because the ash and other debris blasting out
of the volcano are highly charged....Though lightning was known to occur
in the debris clouds above the volcano, the researchers found an EARLIER
phase of volcanic lightning that had never before been observed and occurred
right at the volcano's mouth just as it began erupting."[Emphasis
- In other words, the lightning preceded the supposed "charge
separation" process from friction that has traditionally been claimed
to occur in billowing volcanic clouds. One of the researchers described
this phase of the volcanic lightning as "big sparks maybe going just
from the mouth of the volcano up into the column that's shooting out of
the volcano, and then some lightning that went upward from the top of the
volcano up into the cloud that was forming." (See Lightning
Strikes from the Mouths of Volcanoes)
- These observations add direct support to the claims of
the electrical theorists, who emphasize that the electric field of the
Earth is an indispensable environment for both volcanoes and volcanic lightning.
As pointed out by plasma scientist Anthony Peratt, magma is a conductive
plasma. A jet of magma will short-circuit the electric field through which
it is moving. So of course, it should not surprise us to discover electrical
arcing along the column of erupting material. (See Volcanic
- The irony in all of this cannot be lost to those who
have followed the Thunderbolts project, and its attempt to reconstruct
catastrophic (electrical) events in human history. The ancients witnessed
stupendous plasma discharge displays in the sky, and could only attribute
the events to supernatural deities and other mystical intelligences. Today,
well-documented (but poorly understood) natural electrical phenomena are
being viewed in much the same light. Even more disturbingly, 21st century
official science seems much more inclined to indulge in bizarre, unprovable
esoterica and "metaphysical mathematics" -- including black holes,
dark matter, dark energy, string theory -- than they are in exploring the
real-world disciplines of plasma science and electrical engineering. A
new "enlightenment" is needed to pull our species from a dark
age more likely to harm us than any "alien weaponry." And the
light that can guide us is a real-world understanding of electricity.