By Virginia McClaughry


The term Lemuria, was actually invented in the 1800’s by an English zoologist, Phillip L. Schlater, back in the early days of Darwinism, in order to explain the fossilized remains of lemurs similar to those that live in Madagascar only today. He proposed the previous existence of  a land-bridge or landmass between Madagascar and the Indian subcontinent, and he dubbed this hypothetical continent Lemuria. During the latter part of the 19th century, Russian spy Madame Helena Blavatsky – who had a well-earned reputation as a con-artist extraordinare – is who first grabbed ahold of this mild-sounding term and invented a “history” about Atlantis and Lemuria going to war and destroying one another. I believe it was part of her first book Isis Unveiled, or perhaps it was her second, equally unreadable tome, which was published later on.

Amazing Stories was the first science fiction magazine, started by Hugo Gernsback in 1926. He envisioned “scientific fiction” as a way to educate people about science and technology. Gernsback felt the pleasure of fiction could make the educational pill of science easier to swallow.

Amazing Stories was a Propaganda tool, is the bottom line.

In September of 1943, Maurice Doreal (AKA Claude Doggins of Oklahoma) published several pamphlets, one of which was titled Atlantis and Lemuria. That same month, Ray Palmer, editor of Ziff-Davis publishing’s magazine Amazing Stories, acted in concert in with Richard Shaver to further expand upon Blavatsky’s previous fictional history.

Richard Sharpe Shaver, enters our story due to a letter to Amazing announcing his discovery of an ancient language he dubbed Mantong, an alphabet of “root words” that formed the source of all earthly languages.

Shaver described Mantong as “definite proof of the Atlantean legend,” and “too deep for ordinary man.” That last concept was first used by propagandist Edward L. Bernays, as a manipulative psy-op tool to attract people to something.

Howard Browne, an associate editor for Ziff-Davis, read a portion of the letter and promptly tossed it in the wastebasket with a remark about “crackpots.” The use of the term “crackpots” prompted Ray Palmer to retrieve the letter, and hold it aside for his own use. Palmer loved to show other editors “a thing or two about business”, and so by January of 1944, Palmer had the “go ahead” to publish Shaver’s letter in the January 1944 Amazing. Several hundred letters immediately came in in response, proving Palmer right as to what the American people want to see.

The story goes, that Shaver then sent in a 10,000-word manuscript entitled A Warning to Future Man, which outlined an alternate history of mankind, and a new physics. Palmer rewrote the Shaver manuscript and entitled it “I Remember Lemuria!, publishing it in the March 1945 issue of Amazing, which sold out at over 50,000 copies. This manuscript generated an unprecedented response, increasing reader correspondence from dozens to thousands of letters.

Just a little over one year later, in 1946, we have L. Ron Hubbard doing the exact same thing as Shaver/Palmer did basically, in his The End is Not Yet series. Hubbard, through his story characters, was warning man as to his future, providing an alternate history (in another dimension no less), and a new physics as well! – which Hubbard called “viticity”. Those with rose-colored glasses on may want to view this as purely a marketing coincidence, but you would be making a very grave error in judgment if that’s only as far as you were willing to see. Hubbard, besides promoting the idea that “nationalism” is the cause of War (in concert with the Dulles brothers and the CIA), had a history of being involved with manipulation of the “public mind”, as well as more direct manipulation of people’s bodies in order to control them. (Chestnut Lodge, St. Elizabeth’s hospital). In addition, quite a few of the things he writes about in The End is Not Yet show up just a few years later in the new “science” Dianetics and Scientology!

You see, the “powers that be” you could call them, were unprepared for the huge response to alternatives to their history, science and other fabricated stories. And not just from “eccentric” people, but people from ALL walks of life – from Housewives to PhD’s. I believe they had though,t that with 2 World Wars and millions of people killed under their belt, that people around the World were satisfactorily subjugated and primed into the “New World Order” way of thinking.

They were wrong. There were way too many people who never “turned” to their way of thinking and living.

And so, I believe the old adage “if you can’t beat ‘em, join ‘em” was recommended – probably by Bernays. Propaganda through entertainment was undertaken with a vengeance, only this time, paralleling (even if only vaguely and barely accurately) the truth.

Like Browne’s first response to the Shaver letter, the first influx showing great interest was simply “laughed off”, and psychiatrists at the time characterized it as just all the paranoid “crazy” people, the people who hear voices – loners by nature, that are very suspicious of the government and all figures of authority.

But something unexpected happened.

Somehow, the news of Shaver’s discovery quickly spread beyond science fiction circles and people who had never before bought a pulp magazine were rushing to their local newsstands. The demand for Amazing Stories was so great that Ziff-Davis had to divert paper supplies (there were still wartime shortages) from other magazines so they could increase the press run!

By the end of 1945, Amazing Stories was selling 250,000 copies per month. Thousands of letters poured into the office. Many of them describing strange objects they had seen in the sky and strange encounters they had had with alien beings.

It was becoming all too clear, that many thousands of people were aware of the existence of some distinctly nonterrestrial group in our midst.

Tales of kidnapping, amnesia, experiments being done on people also struck a chord (as of course, these things were going on, but not by aliens –  they were done by psychotic humans who wanted to figure out how to control other people’s minds).

The September 1946 issue carried Shaver/Palmer’s “Earth Slaves to Space,” dealing with spaceships that regularly visited the Earth to kidnap humans and haul them away to some other planet. Other stories described amnesia, an important element in the UFO reports that still lay far in the future, and mysterious men who supposedly served as agents for those unfriendly Deros (sounds like a precursor for the whole Men in Black idea that came later) Incidentally, this “bad alien’s did it” theme would also play a large role in L. Ron Hubbards Scientology materials and so-called “science of the mind” which later became a religion!

Amidst Amazing Stories’ heavy doses of obviously false stories, there were beginning to be too many tales that had that uncomfortable ring of truth from some’s perspective.

Counter-measures began to be taken, particularly on the “unidentified flying object” angle, up to and including a highly insulting Harper’s magazine editorial as well as the head of Ziff-Davis publishing having an unpleasant visit from the government – the last being an event which signaled the death of Palmer’s involvement with Ziff-Davis by the end of 1947.

Much work was involved in keeping these stories of “ghost rockets” out of the main presses of the United States, but here and there a newspaper or two managed to get some reports out about these “ghost rockets”. One such article, detailed them as mysterious rockets weaving through the mountains of Switzerland. Personally, I think these were military experiments, early jet plane proto-types and that’s part of the reason for concern about the stories. “Top Secret” and all that.

Another interesting side-note, is that many of the people told stories of hearing voices, and a large percentage of those people were operating electrical equipment such as radios, radar, etc. when they began to hear voices. What is called by some, “Psychotronics”, was already well underway in testing by various militaries around the world during this time period, yet another subject not wanted to be so publicly touched upon.

An example of attempted damage control within the magazine itself, can be found in a  letter from army lieutenant Ellis L. Lyon in the September 1946 issue, where he  expressed “concern” over the psychological impact of the Shaver Mystery.

What I am worried about is that there are a few, and perhaps quite large number of readers who may accept this Shaver Mystery as being founded on fact, even as Orson Welles put across his invasion from Mars, via radio some years ago. It is of course, impossible for the reader to sift out in your “Discussions” and “Reader Comment” features, which are actually letters from readers and which are credited to an Amazing Stories staff writer, whipped up to keep alive interest in your fictional theories. However, if the letters are generally the work of readers, it is distressing to see the reaction you have caused in their muddled brains. I refer to the letters from people who have “seen” the exhaust trails of rocket ships or “felt” the influence of radiations from underground sources.

That last line reveals the real problem from the military’s perspective, because both were very real effects of Top Secret military projects of the time.

On the UFO angle, which actually was launched by Palmer in Amazing Stories, Palmer assigned artists to make sketches of objects described by readers and disc-shaped flying machines appeared on the covers of his magazine long before the oft-touted (as the beginning of the UFO movement) June 1947 issue.

Another example from the time period:

In fact, by 1947, MILLIONS of Americans had at least seen the pictures on the covers, if not having actually purchased and read the magazine.

The funny thing is, that Palmer had been FABRICATING these stories he was writing, but on June 24, 1947, Kenneth Arnold made his famous sighting of a group of “flying saucers” over Mt. Rainier, and Ray Palmer watched in astonishment as the newspaper clippings poured in from every state, and he became quite unnerved. Suddenly, the things that he had been fabricating for his magazine appeared to be coming true!

Just after this, is when the head of Ziff-Davis had his visit from two men in Air Force uniforms, who demanded that the whole subject be dropped. Palmer was let go and he published a magazine on his own, called Fate, in the spring of 1948.

However misdirected, Palmer had inadvertently “stepped in it” as the saying goes. Because at that time (1946/1947) –  there was a very real contact with an advanced aircraft. But it wasn’t in Roswell, nor was it in the Pacific Northwest. From FBI declassified docs, is where that info came from – I’ll be filling that in a bit later on.

~ A bit on Ziff-Davis ~

Some of the following is taken from the works of the 123jump authors, with their permission. Any 123jump works used are simply intermingled rather than block quoted.

David Ziff is a Scientologist, and was the original Editor of many issues of the Church of Scientology Advance! magazine.

David Ziff’s father was William Ziff Sr. (born in Chicago, August 1, 1898) the head of Ziff-Davis publishing, he died in 1953.

At the time of the Shaver Mystery and the whole UFO angle in Amazing Stories, David’s father was in charge of Ziff-Davis.

William Ziff Jr. (later head of the publishing empire) was David’s brother, and Cameron Ziff, David’s son from wife Mary Ziff (now deceased), is the grandson of William Ziff Sr.

The William B. Ziff Company founded 1920, was a successful Chicago advertising agency that secured advertising from national firms such as Proctor and Gamble for virtually all African American weekly newspapers. In 1923, Ziff acquired E. C. Auld Company, a Chicago publishing house. Ziff-Davis publishing, was co-founded in Chicago by William B. Ziff, Sr. and Bernard G. Davis. In 1942, Ziff-Davis merged with the Alliance Book Corporation. Ziff’s first venture in magazine publishing was Ziff’s Magazine which featured short-stories, one-act plays, humorous verse, and jokes. The title was changed to America’s Humor in April 1926.

In 1938, a year before David was born, his father wrote a book entitled “The Rape of Palestine”, published by Argus Books, and he is considered to be a famous author, and is listed on the website Jewish Achievements, section “Written Word”.

That same year

Ziff-Davis Publishing (William B. Ziff Sr.) purchased Amazing Stories and Raymond Arthur Palmer was hired to be the Editor of Amazing Stories magazine in June 1938.

It’s not much of a leap

It’s not much of a leap, that David Ziff found himself in the position of helping propagandize the latest “big plan” – Scientology – through the written word.

Scientology had it’s Space Opera of Marcab, Mars, Venus, Xenu and the Body Thetans, etc., and the War between the Brothers of Light and the Brothers of Darkness and of course – the Hubbard is The Maitreya business, and that Scientology OT Levels achieve Bodhi and other fabulous HOAXES. Not a whole lot different than the crazy stuff being promulgated in Amazing Stories.

David’s father was also close friends with Liddell Hart. Liddell is most known for his Strategy of War principles. He came up with the phrase “the indirect approach”, which is basically two fundamentals:

(1)   Direct attacks against an enemy firmly in position almost never work and should never be attempted

(2)   To defeat the enemy one must first upset his equilibrium, which is not accomplished by the main attack, but must be done before the main attack can succeed.

In Liddell Hart’s words,

The profoundest truth of war is that the issue of battle is usually decided in the minds of the opposing commanders, not in the bodies of their men.

He considered this “indirect approach” to be just as workable in other fields, such as business, romance, etc.

William Ziff’s son – and David Ziff’s older brother –  was William Bernard Ziff, Jr., (born June 24, 1930) and he was studying philosophy in West Germany in 1953. He was 23. His father unexpectedly died at age 55 of a heart attack in Manhattan that year, and his father’s share in the company passed to him. He was called back to New York, and surprised his family by deciding to give up his promising academic career to run Ziff-Davis. In 1957, Ziff, Jr. bought out Bernard G. Davis, and proceeded to lead Ziff Davis to become the most successful publishers of technology magazines in the 1970s and 1980s.

This is the same time period that his brother David, is involved intimately with L. Ron Hubbard and his Church of  Scientology.

In 1969 Ziff Communications Company was formed, and Ziff-Davis became one of its divisions. In the 60’s, David Ziff was at Hubbard’s Saint Hill Organization, and in 1968, was head of Scientology’s Publications Org Worldwide, at 17 NE Thistle Street Lane. In 1969, David was then on a ship with Hubbard in the Sea Organization, which was an organization formed in August 1967, allegedly for the “safe” delivery of OT III.

In 1982, William, Jr. was diagnosed with prostate cancer, and began selling off most of the magazines. Thinking he was going to die, he set up a family trust, with his three sons as beneficiaries. I read somewhere (can’t find it right now) that the 3 sons held a 90 percent interest, and the other 10 percent went to three nephews, and I believe the trust fund was recently estimated at approximately 10 billion.

After setting up the trust, etc. William didn’t die, and actually regained his health sufficiently enough that he stepped back into the business. Due to this, he built the empire even more, and it became a major force in computer magazines etc. He retired in 1993, and in 1994, he (and his sons), sold 95 percent of the business for $1.4 billion. An investment firm was established which continues through to today. (Ziff Brothers).

David’s brother William Ziff Jr., first married Barbara Beitz, daughter of German industrialist Berthold Beitz. (His second wife was Tamsen Ann Ziff.)

Barbara’s father, Berthold Beitz, has been said to be one of the few Germans who provided refuge and risked their lives to save Jews (which some Jews have challenged as not necessarily altruistic behavior on Beitz’s part). He was the son of a wealthy family who were Nazi sympathizers. He was a civil engineer, and at age 27 was an executive at Royal Dutch Shell Oil (Rothschild, and Prince Bernard of Netherlands) in Hamburg, when the war began (World War II).


David Ziff, in Advance! magazine, Issue 21, 1973:

Known oil reserves are colossal. But they are being sat on and the distribution of supplies already tapped is being interfered with. Thus this is a created crisis.

One should look around and spot other social and economic evils and realize those are created also. Someone, somewhere, who is at the end of a string, has made a decision and that decision is for self-interest or the interest of a very small elite.

Bit of a coincidence there, that his brother was married to someone mixed up with Shell Oil, who were PRO-NAZI during World War II.

David’s father, was also involved with suppressing and controlling other people and their country – purely for profit motives.

Per William B. Ziff Sr.’s obituary of 1953:

In addition, Mr. Ziff took time off in 1924 to join an expedition to look for the lost city of Pueblo Blanco in Honduras. Becoming involved in a “local fracas”, he emerged with the rank of colonel in the Honduran Army.

While that does sound so very exotic and adventurous, somehow the “lost city” bit just reeks of propaganda. Referring to the 1924/25 events in the Honduras as a “local fracas”, is quite the ridiculous statement on someone’s part. It’s almost as bad as calling Chase Bank helping fund the Nazis as “just some Shenanigans”.

Why Ziff was really there, was related to the fact that in 1924-25,U.S. forces invaded Honduras to “protect American interests” by controlling the outcome of an election in favor of U.S. corporate interests.

What are those “corporate interests”?


BIG money, those bananas are, especially to a company called United Fruit.

Our ARMY (the United States) gets sent to Honduras to reap blood, vengeance and destruction because of bananas and a threat to their PROFITS on such, while told blatant propaganda of course – that they are “making the world safe for Democracy” or some such utter bunk.

And there’s David Ziff’s father right there to help out –

And the next time those upstart furriners think they have the right to have their land and country be theirs – what a concept – which is in the time leading up to Jacob Arbenz, we have Hubbard saying in The End is Not Yet, that:


And Allen Dulles (head of the CIA) and a shareholder of United Fruit, and his brother John Foster Dulles

saying Arbenz is guilty of communistic ideas such as “extreme nationalism”.

To read more about this, please see My Family Tree II – you can search the page for the phrase “Another terrible blot on human history that my ancestors aided-and-abetted…” and that will take you right to the relevant section.

Here is John Foster Dulles live, on video saying exactly that:

Just one big happy lieing their asses off family, these people are.

Let’s reprise, remember how William B. Ziff Sr.’s  obituary “refocused” away from what actually went on?

And what did his son, David Ziff write in 1973?

Known oil reserves are colossal. But they are being sat on and the distribution of supplies already tapped is being interfered with. Thus this is a created crisis.

One should look around and spot other social and economic evils and realize those are created also. Someone, somewhere, who is at the end of a string, has made a decision and that decision is for self-interest or the interest of a very small elite.

a created crisis – for self-interest or the interest of a very small elite.

David ‘s  fortune comes from things done and profited from –  exactly like what he’s trying to portray as “over there” or somewhere other than right smack in the middle of his forehead, as well as Hubbard’s and Ingo Swann’s for that matter. And here, in his role as Editor of Advance! magazine – like father like son – David is involved in a Conspiracy to screw over people that don’t deserve it.

ScientologySlush fund and Mental Experimentation playground

 One of those “strings” sticking out that lead back to a “very small elite”.

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