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Aliens in the Backyard - UFOs, Abductions, and Synchronicity Kindle Edition
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The result is an engaging and serious book which examines a handful of cases old and new with appropriate investigative rigor, discusses these subjects in a thoughtful and intelligent way and concludes that Something Really Is Going On Here. Although the target readership is obviously intended to be the casual middle-market `demographic', even those well-read in this subject will find plenty of new and fascinating material.
The story of Charles and Helene Fontaine, a couple in Quebec, is deeply moving in that they didn't even believe in UFOs prior to their experience (the `aliens in the backyard' of the book's title) and found their encounter deeply traumatising at every level, the more so because they felt they couldn't talk about it for fear of ridicule, so told no-one. Charles in particular suffered deep psychological trauma, and several months following the encounter felt he might be going insane. The authors quote the late Dr. John Mack of Harvard University Medical School: "Experiencers can't `unknow' what they know. Once your worldview has been turned inside out by such a shock, there's no undoing it".
The MacGregors personally investigate this case and a great deal more primary material, some hitherto completely unknown. After talking to real people who have these shocking, bizarre experiences and investigating their stories, they conclude that there is no question that the reported breeding-focussed activities of at least some of these abducting entities, including missing pregnancies, is real. It's not imagination, this stuff is happening: there are too many persistent reports from credible people for it to be otherwise. Likewise bodily scarring and `implants' resulting in nosebleeds, in one case following an abduction event a child bleeding so severely from a scalpel-like incision deep in the throat that he needed hospitalization.
The authors have taken the time and trouble to read and familiarize themselves with the literature on the subject, including the works of the late Budd Hopkins, John Mack and Dr. David Jacobs, Whitley Strieber and others, and put all these differing perspectives into the mix. Chapter 8 contains a section titled: `What does the Government know?' in which the MacGregors report that from the day the Fontaines' story was posted on their website, their statistics counter started logging visits from the Department of Defense, the FBI, the US DODNIS, NINC, the FCC, the 754th Electronic Systems Group (who operate out of Maxwell AFB, AL and whose declared mission is "to fly and fight in Air, Space and Cyberspace") and the Canadian Mounted Police. If all this stuff is nonsense, as professional debunkers would have you believe, then why all this covert interest in an internet blog from the INTEL community and the Department of Defense?
In summary, AitB is more thought-provoking, intelligent and informative than you might be led to think from a casual glance at the title and cover-summary. Despite a small handful of typos and examples of lax editing the writing style is warm, engaging, at times even humorous, and stands with the best of the genre. It's a serious original work of admirable brevity and no matter if your interest in these phenomena is persistent or merely casual, reading it is time well spent.
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