UFO Conjecture(s)

Sunday, February 26, 2017

Odd entities in the lands of the Midnight Sun

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The July 1977 issue of Official UFO (pictured here) had several interesting articles.
One, The Scandinavian Connection by Rick Barr (Page 16 ff.) had several encounter tales, and a few photos (Early 1970s):
One UFO encounter that took place in late October 1959 took place, during a power failure, at 6:55 p.m.

An electrical fitter, Gideon Johansson and his son Rolf, out to check the cause of the blackout, saw a “blinding white light” they thought was “an airplane about to crash.” [Page 50 of magazine]

But “the object suddenly stopped dead in the sky” … and “slowly descended, rocked three times … and crashed into the top of a maple tree. The witnesses heard a ‘crackling’ sound and the craft descended through the branches to a point about two feet above the street.”

It rocked “like a small boat on a swell.”

It was about “12 feet long and eight feet high … oval shaped and seemed to made of metal resembling armor-plating.” [ibid]

The two men saw “an unusual, white light, very compact … shining through what appeared to be a large glass window., and inside were two strange individuals. Their heads were high-crowned, and they had big, very beautiful [sic] eyes; they seemed to be friendly. Their noses were long and thin with small nostrils, they had small mouths and pointed chins, with small lower jaws.”

“The UFOnauts wore white uniforms with wide back belts across their chests and shoulders … one of the entities loosened his belt and appeared to work on something below the level of the window. The other being stared at [the two witnesses]. [One of the observers] “received a mental impression of the interior of the object. As a result of this he was able to see that the first being seemed to be repairing the windings of a barrel-shaped device which emitted the intense white light that shone through the craft’s window …”

“Seconds later the entity finished his work and the object began to move away.”

One of the witnesses “followed it up the street … [until] “it stopped, the light went out, and it disappeared in a flash … The machine disappeared like a ghost in the night.” [ibid]

“The craft left several traces of its visit … a glassy deposit [of about] 11 feet was discovered on the power lines. A gray-white substance had apparently been sprinkled on top of the [glassy] deposit … [and] the craft had damaged the maple tree [which in] the following spring … looked like it had been injured by frost, and there were no budding leaves.” [ibid]

Gideon Johansson ended up with a “variety of ills” – “terrible prickling pains from the waist downwards [and] he became extremely nervous … unable to sleep, and he lost his appetite. His glands and testicles became sore and swollen. He had trouble urinating and his body began to ‘smell like something putrid.’ He finally consulted a doctor, who made “some strange comments’ and prescribed a sedative [sic].” [ibid]

Another encounter, on Page 50, from April 1967, told of two young boys in the Sjellands Ode area of Denmark, who saw a dark object drop several lumps into the Kattegut Strait.

The object moved toward the boys and lowered … a box on the end of a cable. Then, eight small beings, each carrying ‘an electric torch with a light at both ends’ emerged through a hole in the bottom of he craft. Each of the entities had a container on his back from which a tube led to this [sic] mouth. They seemed to be friendly, smiling and waving with quick horizontal hand movements.”

“After a short time the beings reentered the hovering UFO, which flew off with a soft humming sound.” [ibid]

“Danish authorities recovered the ‘lumps’ and sent them to a technological institute for analysis … the lumps containing several substances … unknown to them.” [ibid]

Both reports, as told by the witnesses, would make police officials proud, but they both smack of folies à deux, the first mimicking, somewhat, the Hickson/Parker Pascagoula incident of 1973.

And finally, here’s a truly strange encounter that I’ve scanned from the magazine [Page 49] so you can read it intact (by mousing over the image to enlarge it).
What causes such tales? Are they imaginative hoaxes or detailed, shared hallucinations? Or did the tellers of all three stories actually experience what they related?

I find the accounts, interesting for several reasons.

RR

Saturday, February 25, 2017

A UFO assault and a Socorro repeat?

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In TRUE magazine’s Flying Saucers & UFOs Quarterly for Fall 1978 (pictured here)
There is an article by our pal Kevin Randle, on Page 28, entitled Jack Webb and His Television UFOs, which I’m not going to present a synopsis of here (for now) although it’s interesting, as usual with Kevin’s writings.

Rather, I’m going to provide some highlights from an unnamed author piece, on Page 22 ff., A Closer Look at Those UFO Occupants.

The article offers a few encounter stories, undated – a flaw that I use to incur – that strike me as intriguing, as the author gives a patina of hallucinatory explanation for most of them, one in particular…

… where a woman, Lyndia Morel, while driving home from work, observes a “bright yellow star” that followed her until she reached “the outskirts of [a] small town when the star showed up hovering in front of her, “a golden globe, completely covered with a honeycombed design. Near the top of the UFO as an oval window and she could see flashes of red, green and blue lights near the center of the object. A steady high pitched whine was coming from it.” [ibid, Page 27]

“Her amazement quickly turned to panic … she felt he was being pulled to [the UFO]. She wanted to run, to get away but couldn’t.” [ibid]

The car seemed to be “racing down the road, almost out of control. She was nearing the UFO and could see the window better. There was someone, something standing behind it …the UFO was as tall as a three story building …[but] Her eyes were riveted to the creature. Only an arm and part of the body was [sic] visible. She thought he [sic] was humanoid and standing at a central board of some kind. The body appeared darker than the face that was covered with loose, wrinkled skin. Two large, egg-shaped eyes angled across the forehead, but it was the dark pupils that gripped her attention …

“Panic closed in. [She] was sure that the UFO would capture her … The globe was so bright that she had to put up hand to shield her eyes.” [ibid]

She jumped from her car, ran to a nearby house, and pounded on the door, the UFO following her. The home owner, a George Beaudion [sic], awakened by her pounding opened the door, where he found her, screaming, “Help me. I’m not drunk. A UFO just tried to grab me.” It was 4:30 a.m., and hour after she had left a café.

“Beaudien [sic] called the police …The UFO shot away as the door had been opened. [ibid]

APRO apparently investigated the incident, concluding that Morel was telling the truth but the unnamed author attributes the account to an hallucination.

(There are similarities to the 1970 nurse Kendall case recalled here earlier.)

While the Morel story in intriguing, hallucinatory or not, another incident in the piece is even more interesting, and here it is:

“An Iowa farmer told investigators” that while working in his fields (1973/4 perhaps), “he saw a flash of light’ thinking it “was from an airplane” and he looked back to it from time to time. [op cit. Page 25]

But eventually he saw the object as it grew in size; it wasn’t an airplane.

It grew in size and had “a definite egg shape and just before it touched the ground, three legs grew from the bottom. A part on the lower left side [opened up?] and ‘some people’ got out … they walked around the UFO for several minutes …[before] they got back inside and the object took off.

“As the UFO blasted off, a blue flame shot from the bottom and the legs retracted. There was a slight roar as the ship shot into the sky. It disappeared rapidly … corn shocks were blown about as if caught in an incredible whirlwind but there was no burning …

“The creatures from the UFO were humanoid … They were wearing those one piece flying suits and the clothes were shiny, like they were made out of metal of some kind.” [ibid, Page 26, the italics are mine]

A Socorro-like observation or craft?

RR

UFOs: The Madness of God and Science as the Anti-Christ

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Many of you know (or should) that when I’ve written about the death of God, I’m pointing out that I believe the Gnostic god, the demi-urge is the thing that has died, as it did not have an eternal existence.

I believe that there is an intelligence that underlies (or overlays, if you wish) existence, and one can call that intelligence God (and make it the meme for the omnipotent intelligence).

But my supreme intelligence is mad, insane even, and that insanity shows up in our existence, if one is paying attention.

UFOs are a means, one of many, to understanding (or seeing) the insanity that permeates the godhead, the supreme intelligence.

Science is another means to seeking the reality in which we find ourselves, but science turns reality -- truth – on its head, as when it insists that Darwinian evolution is without thought or design, just a haphazard, rambling process from which patterns, culture, creativity, and intelligence emerged.

A review in the current (March 9, 2017) issue of The New York Review of Books, by Thomas Nagel of From Bacteria to Bach and Back: The Evolution of Minds by Daniel C. Dennett [Norton, 476 pp. $28.95] has me discombobulated.
The review and quotes from the author in his book are a muddle of thought, scientific and philosophical thought, even as the erudition of the author, philosopher Dennett is obvious.

What gets my goat is that science continues to see that there is an underlying intelligence permeating all that exists and has existed, a purpose for life, that purpose yet to be discerned as quantum mechanics shows us.

But science resorts to the idea that life has been a ramble that progressed by natural selection, which I accept.

However for me, there is a sine qua non to that natural selection, an essence that bubbles with madness, insanity….not chaos but a pattern of maliciousness that is inherent to all that lives or has lived, from the dinosaurs to humanity today.

And how do UFOs fit into all this?

UFOs, as I noted above, offer a means to see and understand the pattern of insanity that I think is the base of existence.

UFOs are not just enigmatic; they are examples of the schizophrenic underpinning that persists in inserting itself in existence.

The encounters of entities, the bizarre, mysterious behavior of UFOs, like quantum particles, show us that life is a mishmash or commonsense and meaning is elusive.

A book I often tout, Human Destiny by Lecomte du Noüy, presents a outline of the meaning of life, our purpose for being.
The book under review in NYRB takes us away from such an outline, as do many tomes, although there is a smidgen of change in scientific thinking about God and the point of our being, much stirred by Stephen Hawking.

Dennett writes that we humans are illusionary, and don’t understand that we are the “products of ‘bottom up’ design, understandable through the theory of evolution by natural selection, rather than ‘top down” design by an intelligent being.” [op cit. Page 32]

But a closer look at the machinations of sea life, plant life, animal life, and insect life, as I often note here, show us that something radically malevolent is intrinsic to that life, something that exceeds a mindless ramble that is natural selection.

And UFOs, one of many sources of insight, when looked at in depth and with a gestaltian view, shows us that reality is, in toto, mad, insane.

And that insanity is purposeful, full of intent, psychopathic, not chaotic or random.

The reviewer of philosopher Dennett’s book presents Dennett’s view on consciousness which I will eschew for this posting (but may attend to upcoming).

My point is that science continues to find proof of an underlying intelligence to life but leads us astray with its pronouncement(s) that an underlying intelligence has nothing do with natural selection or Darwinian evolution or anything else relative to our reality (quantum physics, the cosmos, et al.), the Big Bang being the greatest fiction foisted upon us.

While UFOs are a fringe study for ufological nerds, the topic is rife with examples that tell us something is amiss in the world, and it’s not only humans but everything that has existed and exists: creation is a madness, brought about by an insane intelligence and UFOs are but one aspect of that omnipotent insanity.

RR

Friday, February 24, 2017

UFO Odors (and a stinky Sasquatch)

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My pal Nick Redfern sent me a link to a review he’s done for a book that delves into the smelly aspects of Big Foot:


(That Sasquatch would stink isn’t surprising considering the stench of some CBS Survivor contestants after a month or so stuck on an island without soap.)

But Nick’s review brings to my mind how many UFO reports contain witness accounts of smells and odors that they experienced during their alleged encounters with the enigmatic phenomenon: sulfur, rotten eggs, burnt rubber, hot metal, et cetera.

Here are a few links to sites that detail the smell/odor element in UFO tales:




What’s interesting to me is that (haptic) hallucinations often incur or contain odorous intrusions, called hallucinosis (acute, alcoholic, diabetic).

A person under the influence of alcohol (or various kinds of drugs) will often have an hallucination that evokes odors or many kinds.

And since I think that many UFO accounts are hallucinatory in nature, I assume that those with odors of a pronounced kind confirm the etiological explanation that the person experiencing a UFO or UFOs has had, in effect, an hallucination, not a bona fide observation of an actual thing in the sky or on the ground (sometimes with accompanying entities).

My previous post about the nurse Kendall case in 1970 (posted February 19, 2017) would fall into the category outlined here.

(Terry the Censor took another view.)

As for Sasquatch, does that creature really care how it smells?

(Sasquatch soap is sold at Amazon, from which the image at top comes.)

RR

All the UFO explanations, but one gets a subliminal endorsement.

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In the Official UFO magazine issue I noted previously [October 1976] is an article by Richard Hall, an eminent “ufologist”: Spaceships or Specters? (Categorizing the Unknown) Page 22 ff.
Mr. Hall enumerates all [sic] of the possible “explanations” for the UFO phenomenon, which I try to do here but appear to be a slacker after one reads Mr. Hall’s piece.

(I tried to find the whole article online but was unsuccessful; maybe Terry the Censor can find it, he’s a whiz at digging up internet archival stuff.)

The Hall categories (from which I’ll only provide title categories, not the content) are:

Deluded Observer Hypothesis
Secret Device Hypothesis
Little-Understood Atmospheric Phenomenon Hypothesis
Space Animal Hypothesis
Secret Terrestrial Society Hypothesis
Terrestrial Deceit Hypothesis
Psychic Projection Hypothesis
Ancient Earth Astronaut Hypothesis
Extraterrestrial Hypothesis [ETH]
Time Travel/Other Realms Hypothesis
Supernatural Hypothesis

Hall writes, “Although these hypotheses range from the mundane to the exotic, some clearly are more plausible than others.” [Page 23, Official UFO, October 1976]

I won’t try to encapsulate Mr. Hall’s remarkable erudition in outlining the pros and cons of each category, listed by him (above).

But a bias shows up in his last words for the article:

“ … the answer to this question [‘are we s different from them as ants are from humans?’] will determine our entire future relationship to any visitors from the universe.” [Italics mine]

See, even the most objective UFO buff (ufologist) is geared to see UFOs as ET devices.

RR

Kevin Randle and his 1976 account of UFO entities communicating with humans

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In the October 1976 issue of Official UFO (pictured), my pal Kevin Randle provided a litany of UFO sightings with entities (of all kinds, a few particularly interesting).

Kevin’s piece, And Now a Word from the Aliens [Page 20 ff.], recounted a story of “little grays” long before they became a UFO meme, and inserted into the Roswell saga.

On Page 49 of the magazine, Kevin wrote about Mississippian Malvin Stevens who, in 1957, came across “a thing parked on the highway.”

Mr. Stevens, at first,  “thought it was a weather balloon, but then he saw three ‘tiny beings’ get out. They were between 4 and 4½ feet tall, had pasty white faces and wore gray [my italics] clothes. The creatures walked to the car and began chattering at Stevens.”

Here we have a “thing” first thought to be a balloon, but which turns out to be a craft from which little gray-dressed entities emerged: the essence of the latter-day Roswell mythos, ostensibly created from the input Stanton Friedman imparted to Roswell’s Jesse Marcel in 1978, as our friend CDA has it.

But the gist of Kevin’s article is the attempt at communication by the observed entities and how those encountered interpreted that “communication.”

Mr. Stevens heard chattering.

A Texan man, in 1966, heard a yell, from among three small creatures, standing near a shrub tree amidst a red glow, when one of them made a “high pitched noise that sounded like a child jabbering.” [ibid]

In 1973, an Argentina truck driver also came upon three creatures, two men and one woman, who emerged from a bright blue object.

They “spoke among themselves with a noise that sounded like a ‘badly tuned radio full of chirps and buzzes’.”

The truck driver said the creatures “made him understand” by “information from the beings” … “that might not have been spoken to him.”

Kevin offers an incident in New Jersey where a man saw a UFO hovering over his barn, with a putty-faced three foot being, below it, holding the man’s dog.

“The creature said, in broken English, ‘We are peaceful people. We only want the dog.’”

The man said “get the hell out” whereupon “the creature dropped the dog, ran to the glowing UFO, which took off straight up.”

Kevin relates an odd story from 1957 where a man, driving to work in the morning, came upon “several cars … stopped by the side of the road.”

“As [the man] approached, his engine died and, as he coasted to a stop, he saw a brightly-lit UFO sitting on the nearby beach. Two little men got out and walked over to” the stopped cars “to ask the drivers what they were doing and where they were going.”

The creatures spoke English.

One of the drivers “said they had to be going” whereupon “the little men got into their egg-shaped UFO  [italics mine] and took off. With the UFO gone, the cars started and the men drove away.” [ibid]

Kevin then reminds readers that Betty Hill’s UFO Captain, as she was leaving with a book she allegedly picked up inside the craft, telepathically said, “wait a minute.”

The colloquialism gave investigators cause to claim the remembered remark proved the story was a hoax.

Kevin excuses the remark by writing that either Betty Hill interpreted the remark (mentally) or “the aliens [sic] were so well versed in our language that they could use a very colloquial term.” [ibid]

In 1968 a man, in Austin, Texas, driving home late at night, who stopped to walk his dog “noticed a very bright star” which “began to move. It came toward him, growing in size and brightness.”

“[The] man grabbed his flashlight and used the ‘only code [he] could think of. Pi or 3.14’”

“[The] UFO stopped, and blinked its lights.”

The UFO “began to move again” and the man “repeated the code and got another reaction from the UFO. After 10 minutes, [the UFO] disappeared into the clouds.” [Page 50]

Kevin notes that the U.S. Air Force investigated the story “in depth” but Blue Book ended up indicating it was “unidentified.”

But “there was another side to the story. The man claimed he received mental impressions from the craft. They weren’t well defined, only claiming instructions and a feeling of being watched.” [ibid]

Kevin reports “a case in Idaho, [where] one of the young girls claimed that the aliens [sic] didn’t speak but that they ‘thought at me with their heads.’” [ibid]

“ … there hasn’t been a whole lot of evidence suggesting that the aliens [sic] speak our languages, only that they communicate in it.” [ibid]

The article wraps up with this:

“ … scientists and researchers [think] that aliens [sic] could learn a language by studying our broadcasts of radio and TV shows.” [ibid]

“It might be interesting to gather, catalog and try to correlate the sounds that have been made. Do the tall, thin humanoids use a different set of sounds? Do the small aliens [sic] all have the grunting that was reported in France?” [ibid]

So, Kevin, like many of us, believed UFOs were aliens [sic] from other worlds, and they often “spoke” to humans they encountered, or used telepathy to communicate, this in 1976.

The idea that UFO encounters often involved attempts by alien beings to communicate with humans is interesting.

But those moments of communication seem juvenile, hardly examples of advanced beings visiting from superior civilizations. That tells us something, doesn’t it?

And the use of telepathy – another “process” yet to be proven or shown to exist – is another iffy proposition.
If beings from outer space, other worlds totally different from Earth, were inserting thoughts in the minds of humans they supposedly encountered, the images conveyed would be abstract or so bizarre that they would mimic what happens to schizophrenics who hear (and see) things that make no sense.

Moreover, would an alien species have vocal chords like humans, allowing them to utter grunts and “chattering”?

The unique creation of vocalizing comes about on Earth by way of Darwinian evolution, and you know that I eschew the idea that beings from other planets, if they exist, would “evolve” in ways that could not simulate how humans evolved, as their home bases or planets would have developed in geological, geographical, meteorological ways too different to provide biological aspects (like vocal chords) akin to human beings.

Kevin’s 1976 article provided me with an intriguing read, showing that there are a plethora of alleged UFO encounters that either indicate Earth is visited by space beings, unlikely, or a raft of people have similar kinds of hallucinatory experiences that deserve consideration of psychological kinds.
Or as Jacques Vallee and Spanish UFO researcher Jose Caravaca suggest, human beings are confronted by an external, controlling agent, providing scenarios of crazy kinds, but to what end?

The whole shebang – UFOs and the encounters that accompany them – is so bizarre that we may never understand what it is about, just as we still don’t know what (really) causes schizophrenia or madness in human beings.

N.B. Images from: 


RR

Thursday, February 23, 2017

UFOs and Cultural Anthropology

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Most of us who (still) follow the UFO milieu do so across national and international boundaries; that is, we look at and are interested in UFO sightings or reports from all over.

But that may be the wrong approach, especially for UFO researchers.

There seems to be a cultural element in UFO observations, and particularly alleged UFO encounters where “beings” come into the mix.

For instance, the early 1950s, encounters with small humanoid-like entities, in western Europe (France, Italy Spain), were unique, as far as I can tell, from the accumulated UFO lore in the time-frame.

UFO sightings and encounters in South America have a flavor all their own for the countries in that southern hemisphere, with each country toting different mental flavors from their neighbors.

Mexico’s UFO “events” also take on a specific cast, pertinent to that country and its peoples.

Australia provides a patina of UFO sightings that differ from other countries in the British Commonwealth, just as sightings in Ireland and Scotland resonate differently than those in England.

Scandinavian UFO accounts also have a palette different from (than) that of neighboring Belgium or the Netherlands.

Chinese UFO tales appear slightly different than those in Japan or the Korean peninsula.

Countries in the South Pacific provide observations that speak to UFO investigators differently than observations from Mid-East nations.

Russian reports east of Moscow and the Volga differ form those west of the Capital.

And arctic sightings come in with an overlay that is different than those from Canada or the northern United States.

There are even dissimilarities between northern U.S. observations and those from the southern smear of states, Florida UFO sightings often odder than those from its more northerly neighbors.

And then we have reports from Africa, many from school children, and fraught with unusual details.

Antarctic UFO sightings are a category all by itself, in an area without a cultural substrate.

My point?

That studying UFOs, looking for an explanation, requires taking into consideration the cultural artifacts that impact observations or reportage.

We all like sensational UFO events, sightings, and purported encounters with odd entities.

But a peoples’ mind-set, with cultural elements intact, compromise evaluation, if ignored, and UFO researchers ignore them, researchers inept in most disciplines (such as Cultural Anthropology) that would nudge explanations in scientific ways.

(I'll be providing, upcoming, specific examples of UFO tales, affected by cultural artifacts that do not correspond to a generic overlay.)

RR

Blog Stats: Thank you Anomalist

When my pal, "WM" at Anomalist notes a blog posting here, visitors drop by.

(Now, if those visitors would only comment...)

RR

A scientific explanation for ufological ignorance

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The current New Yorker [2/27/2017], pictured here, has an article by Elizabeth Kolbert, That’s What You Think, Page 66 ff.

The piece elucidates “Why reason and evidence won’t change our minds.”

Reporter Kolbert provides a number of experiments (psychological and otherwise) that show (confirm) why reasonable-seeming people are often totally irrational.

The “confirmation bias” is cited: “the tendency people have to embrace information that supports their beliefs and reject information that contradicts them.” [Page 68]

Kolbert writes, “If reason is designed to generate sound judgments, then it’s hard to conceive of a more serious design flaw than confirmation bias.” [ibid]

The main argument expressed by Ms. Kolbert, with books referenced to support the argument, is that humans have evolved to scrap reason in deference to this:

“Reason developed not to enable us to solve abstract, logical problems or even to help us draw conclusions from unfamiliar data; rather it developed to resolve the problems posed by living in collaborative groups.” [ibid]

“People believe that they know way more than they actually do. What allows us to persist in [a] belief is other people.” [Page 70]

“As a rule, strong feelings about issues do not emerge from deep understanding.” [ibid]

A book authored by Jack and Sara Gorman offers this Kolbert writes:

“[The Gormans] cite research suggesting that people experience genuine pleasure – a rush of dopamine – when processing information that supports their beliefs. ‘It feels good to stick to our guns even if we are wrong’” [Page 71]

“Providing people with accurate information doesn’t seem to help; they simply discount it.” [ibid]

I provide this watered down account to support my view, and that of some of you, which offers an understanding of why and how some UFO ETH proponents operate and think (or don’t, as the case may be).

You can find the article online I think.

I excised the political slant and the detailed examples about various aspects of society that make the point(s) Ms.Kolbert suggests to get to my point:

That UFO buffs and hard-core ufologists are rejuvenated by like-minded peers and has been detrimental to UFO research.

It also goes to the heart of the discussion here about Kevin Randle’s plight with non-thinkers and Roswell habitués.

The UFO topic is cluttered with ignorance and non-think; we all know that.

Ms. Kolbert’s astute New Yorker piece provides why that is so,

RR

Wednesday, February 22, 2017

A Nick Redfern UFO article

http://mysteriousuniverse.org/2017/02/ufos-no-explanation-has-yet-been-found/

Balsa wood and UFOs (plus a few asses)

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Over at my pal, Kevin Randle's blog [kevinrandle.blogspot.com), Kevin put a note about balsa wood that appeared in a military memo that some have tried to tie to the Roswell incident (Kevin included also).

Go and read the asinine comments. They display the ignorance that occupies much of the UFO topic.

Balsa wood is endemic to various tropical countries of this Earth:

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ochroma

That an alien species, implied by some of the ET believers that hang out at Kevin's blog, would have access to trees, unique to Earth and its Darwinian evolution is ludicrous; spaceships traveling here from the outer reaches of space built of model airplane construction materials is more than a laugh, it's madness.

And while the commentary about balsa constructed aircraft of Earth may apply -- a "crash" of a test plane near Roswell in 1947 -- the commentary is likewise ludicrous.

The Roswell debris was so sparse that it had to be the remnants of a balloon array or something similar.

That the argument against a balloon as the "prime suspect" for the Roswell hubbub still resonates with many UFO buffs is not just sad, it's a prime example of delusional ignorance.

Some think (as seen in comments here previously) that such foolishness as exhibited by Kevin's followers is cute. I do not think it is.

The ongoing stupidity of the Roswell "arguments" is a madness I keep writing.

That madness is killing the UFO matter, as some of Kevin's regular commenters (PurrlGurrl and Lance Moody among them) keep pointing out.

Balsa wood and UFOs: a not funny or cute addendum to the UFO phenomenon.

RR

Encounters with "Tall Whites" (a vibrant/embedded delusion?)

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[Image above comes from http://ufothetruthisoutthere.blogspot.com/2014/07/charles-hall-and-tall-white-ets.html]

This is a UFO account from the 1965-1967 time-frame, too complicated and bizarre for me to synopsize but it is interesting in its own way, involving entities designated as "tall whites."

Here are links to various sites dealing with the episode(s), which I submit for your "approval" (as Rod Serling use to say during the opening of The Twilight Zone):

From David Coote and Michael Salla:

http://www.bibliotecapleyades.net/exopolitica/esp_exopolitics_ZZD.htm

From Warren P. Aston:

http://www.millennialhospitality.com/warren_review.php

A YouTube video interview:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fqqaCiXyFGI

Google provides this from Michele Bugliaro Goggia at UFOpsi.com (2007), site no longer extant?:
What to make of such a tale?

RR

Tuesday, February 21, 2017

Even the Chinese have sexual delusions involving UFOs

From Huffington:

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/michael-meyer/chinese-lumberjack-alien_b_6986618.html

RR

Fear and Loathing (in the UFO community?)

Every few days I get an e-mail dealing with UFOs, from persons who don't wish to place commentary online, fearing backlashes from skeptics and internet trolls.

One of my good friends, a true UFO researcher, holds back from leaving comments here, not wishing to be savaged by antagonists.

Some erudite UFO buffs I know have held back from forming their own sites or blogs, some because they're lazy, but most because they can't take the slings and arrows from persons firing barbs at UFO content rather than offering enlightened commentary.

Even with the blog option to prevent adverse comments, which Kevin Randle and I employ, hateful comments take a toll.

(Some of he persons I'm noting have Facebook accounts, where they can gather sympathetic "friends" and avoid persons who cast a pall on anything UFO oriented.)

The situation is getting worse and worse. (Look at Kevin's judicious blog [KevinRandle.blogspot.com] to see what I mean. While he has a core of astute followers, he also attracts asses who misread his coherent postings and ideas.)

It's a kind of societal madness that has become exacerbated by the political environment extant.

RR

Monday, February 20, 2017

Words I should live by, but don't.....

From HERE

RR

From my Facebook feed: A planet where any life could mimic ours?


From my Facebook feed: Quantum messaging (mentioned here often)


The 1993 Kelly Cahill "abduction" Case

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Eminent Australian UFO researcher Bill Chalker provides extensive details of an alleged UFO sighting and apparent alien abduction of a woman, Kelly Cahill, "near Narre Warren North, in the foothills of the Dandenongs, Victoria, between Belgrave and Fountain Gate, during the early hours of August 8, 1993."

The image above and the story appears here:

http://www.ufoevidence.org/cases/case187.htm

Mrs. Cahill relates that she saw a figure alongside the road:

"It started coming towards us, only slowly, and it had big red eyes. It sounds stupid, but it had great big round red eyes, like huge flies' eyes and they were red like, not like a reflection of red, but like burning red, like . . . fluorescent stop lights, I suppose, that sort of real burning red." [UFOevidence.org/Chalker]

TheNightSky.org has this drawing of entities related in the account:
And Mrs. Cahill, herself, has written a book about the purported encounter:
Another take on the incident can be read here:

http://www.ufocasebook.com/Cahill.html

Now many of you know I generally eschew UFO  "abduction" stories, but this one baffles me, as it does or did Bill Chalker, when he wrote his account. [See UFOevidence link above]

People who relate abduction events actually experience something that they interpret as an alien or extraterrestrial kidnapping (and more).

What that experience really consists of is open to question I think, and it's not an ET-oriented event.

Mrs. Cahill's encounter could be psychological or neurological. Note the smell of "vomit" that she remembered. The Psychiatric Dictionary [Fourth Edition, Hinsie/Campbell] on Page 805 informs that vomiting (the smell of, also) derives from an unconscious hostility to a repulsive condition, exampled by a mental approach, "I cannot stomach this situation."

I (and others) have promoted the idea that there is a substrata of sexuality that underlies abduction accounts.

But I'm not so sure that's true in all cases, this one being an exception perhaps.

Other witnesses to the event(s) confirm the sighting, and the "encounter" along with the UFO description bespeaks a paranormal experience or an actual extraordinary experience, such as contact with an inter-dimensional intrusion of some kind, unique but not impossible for those of us who believe in the existence of other dimensions/universes.

The case file is meaty and complex. One can't dismiss it, out of hand, as a delusion or hallucinatory event.

RR

UFO sites and their abominable ads!

I went to The Black Vault via an Anomalist link and was stunned to see that fine site cluttered with sleazy ads.

Is John Greenewald so hard up for money that he has to mimic Paracast's Gene Steinberg by begging for funds, Greenewald's plea as blatant as Gene's, just less personal?

I'm surprised that UFO sites, such as Frank Warren's UFO Chronicles, Mysterious Universe., and dozens of other UFO venues, resort to crappy ads from which their owners can certainly be receiving a few pennies each month in exchange for a diminution of respect and credibility for the UFO information they impart.

I looked at Greg Bishop's Radio Misterioso site and found it free of such abominations: classy, witty, and full of unadulterated UFO information. (There were a few dopey photos, with my pal Paul Kimball, but that was the only mis-step.)

The UFO topic is iffy enough on its own. Does it need the addition of chintzy ads and the products or services promoted by (often notable) UFO buffs to take it further down in the cesspool of economic frivolity and grunge?

If some of you UFO fellows need a few bucks to survive, contact me. I'll send you a check. (Not you Gene; you've already milked the UFO crowd for an ungodly amount of cash that has been wasted or blown on personal exigencies.)

N.B. The image above came from http://www.deezar.net/

RR

Sunday, February 19, 2017

The Evolution of Madness in Roswell’s Populace, 1947-2017

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No one doubts, not even skeptics of the Roswell incident, that something out of the ordinary happened near Roswell, New Mexico in the summer (June/July) of 1947.
I’m not going to discuss the alleged Roswell flying disc crash, but the metamorphosis of the odd media accounts of a flying disc capture that died out soon after the media stories appeared only to rear itself in 1978 when the forgotten “events” of 1947 were exhumed by ufologists, among them Stanton Friedman, a UFO advocate of daring and desire.

One of the Roswell sticking points, for me, arises from the “fact” that if something as extraordinary as the later-on stories made it – military deployment of an extensive kind and a general societal hubbub – no one noted the activity in their personal diaries, which were popular in usage in the time-frame nor did anyone take a Brownie photo of the unusual activity, noted by after 1948 “witnesses.”

Brownie cameras and photos from them are still extant for the period. Citizens were anxious to document their routine daily activities and always quick to snap photos of extraordinary daily life.

Even photos of mundane life, as early as 1870 – Jewish activity in Jerusalem [in the March/April 2017 issue of Biblical Archaeology Review, Page 13] – shows the desire of people to document their daily activity.
But not one photo has surfaced for the period of the so-called Roswell incident in 1947, and UFO researchers have looked for some, Kevin Randle informed me.

So, either nothing of significance, even remotely so, took place in June/July 1947 Roswell, or the population was too hysterical to take photos.

For me, Roswell’s 1947 “minor incident” planted the seed of hysteria that was nurtured by Berlitz, Moore, Friedman, (even my friend Kevin Randle and his cohort Don Schmitt), et al.

The seed sprouted in 1978, with the Stanton Friedman colloquy with Jesse Marcel and exacerbated by The Berlitz/Moore 1980 book pictured here:
Other books followed in the wake of the interest spurred by the Friedman and Berlitz efforts and this is where the madness began all out.

The madness is a kind of hysteria, which is defined by Wikipedia thusly:


Many of you are familiar with the madness (hysteria) that engulfed Salem, Massachusetts in the 1600s:


“The episode is one of the Colonial America's most notorious cases of mass hysteria. It has been used in political rhetoric and popular literature as a vivid cautionary tale about the dangers of isolationism, religious extremism, false accusations, and lapses in due process. It was not unique ...”
And a few of you might know about the madness (hysteria) that took control of a nunnery in France also in the 1600s:


“Adding to the hysteria prompted by the public exorcisms were the stories told by both nuns and Father Grandier's former lovers.”

Then there was the economic craziness of the 1637 tulip frenzy popularized in 1841 by the book Extraordinary Popular Delusions and the Madness of  Crowds, written by British journalist Charles Mackay.

Hysteria comes in spurts and quickly dissipates or goes on for a period of time as outlined in the Psychiatric Dictionary [Fourth Edition] by Hinsie/Campbell, Page 366 ff.

The raft of witnesses and confabulators outed by Kevin Randle and others shows not a deviance of ethics but a deviance of psychopathology, one where people adopted an hysterical (mad) fiction and came to believe it or exploit it, for various reasons, some egomaniacal, others from self-delusion, and a few beset by sociopathology: a lack of a moral or ethical compass.

Yet, the madness of the 1978 period continues apace in Roswell, with its Roswell Museum and ongoing conventions and other Roswellian activities based in the 1947 minor-event.

That one locale is beset by such madness is adduced by the Loudun and Salem examples.

Let’s not excoriate ufologists who brought forth the hysterical/madness – they didn’t know better -- but we can offer opprobrium to those ufologists still flogging Roswell and the citizens of Roswell who continue to bathe in their town’s persistent madness.

RR

A 1978 alleged UFO abduction (with a sexual element?)

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Readers here know that I see a sexual underpinning (or overlay) in UFO abduction cases.

(But that just may be me, a Freudian advocate, still.)

In the 1978 Elmicin case (Poland) there is that “undress” request or command from the supposed UFO abductors:

“Wolski then claims that he was taken aboard the ship with two additional entities he met near the flying object. He was then gestured to "dress down" (take off his clothes).”

That’s from the Wikipedia account:


The sexual implication aside, the tale is interesting.

Here is an image of the UFO that farmer Wolski says took him for a ride and examination:
That image comes from:


And a drawing of the UFO occupants comes from Lon Strickler’s notable Phantoms and Monsters site:
What sparks such accounts, psychological yearnings, actual sexual molestations that are repressed (initially), or actual UFO kidnappings?

RR

A NASA Coverup?

From Google UFO Alerts:

http://www.inquisitr.com/3991890/six-ufos-sail-by-iss-as-nasa-cuts-live-feed-seen-on-fox-and-friends-weekend/

RR

No Skeptical Rebuttal?

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A 1970 observation of a UFO with occupants, by a nurse at a hospital in British Columbia, Canada, is fascinating in its simplicity and reportage.

Here are several links to sites about the sighting. (There are many more.):


(The image above comes from the ufoevidence site)






Looking for a skeptical response or retort, I found none,

RR

Thursday, February 16, 2017

The Malevolence/Survival Underpinnings of Life and UFOs

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Watching nature programs on the Smithsonian, National Geographic or BBC America channels one will see examples of malevolent, intelligent thinking of sea creatures, the survival maxims of land animals, the creative instinct (thinking?) of the insect kingdom, and the survival exigencies of plant life.

That a kind of profound malevolence underwrites sea life is blatant, obvious, which shows that the intelligence overlaying existence has a malignant streak that also inserts itself in the animal kingdom, sometimes subverted by a drive to procreate or satisfy orgasmically.

For humans, sexual proclivities, the thrust of libido (as Freud saw it), predominates; the omnipotent intelligence wallowing in the sexuality of mankind, as delineated in The Hebrew Bible (The Old Testament) and mythical tales of the ancients.

Freud had a brilliant insight: sex is the driving force of humans; one sees examples of that driving force, that obsession, in everything people do: mostly, compatible pursuits, not for procreative purposes but for orgasmic purposes, and the underlying motivation for rapes, murders and other despicable travesties of behavior.

But life is ephemeral. Humans disappear in the maw of time, generally forgotten, unless one leaves a creative or malicious legacy.

And UFOs? Like a bad cold, UFOs are merely a nuisance, things that have no relevance to survival (procreative or destructive) or any importance of any kind…ephemeral like human life itself.

RR

Wednesday, February 15, 2017

Thenightshirt.com: An oasis of intellectual brilliance

Eric Wargo's site thenightshirt.com is a go-to place for those of you inclined to be intelligent, intellectual even.

The matters presented there, by Eric, are resplendent with erudition, and Eric is absolutely brilliant, without compromise or trepidation.

When I need to dip into things above my head but necessary for mental survival, I visit Eric's site where I always get a whiff of things that truly matter.

RR

Artificial Intelligent UFO Probes?

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On Page 65 of Nick Redfern’s latest book, 365 Days of UFOs, Nick provides an episode from February 23rd 1975 in Rugely, England where a woman, Mavis Allen, while walking her dog, in the woods near town, came across “a circular, black-colored object rolling along the ground.”

The object was “around six feet in circumference and had four protrusions (that Allen referred to as ‘spikes’) that stuck out from equal points around the middle … the object rose slowly and silently, to a height of around fifteen feet and …then shot away at a fast pace.”

Compare that to the 1979 Robert Taylor incident, which I often tout here:

Then there is the allegedly 1871 hoaxed account of William Loosely, which I noted on February 8th here, wherein something quite similar was imagined by the hoaxer:

“Loosley discovered in the underbrush a ‘20-sided metal object about 18 inches high, with small rounded nubs projecting from its mirror-like surface.’”

I’ve suggested that such events may be hallucinatory, or evidence of some kind of von Neumann-like probe from elsewhere: time, another dimension, or even an advanced AI-dominated extraterrestrial civilization.

There are other UFO-themed events such as these, and I’ll bring them to your attention as they represent a ufological element that UFO buffs tend to ignore or dismiss, while I think they are an explanation, of some kind, for a few UFO sightings or reports.

(Get Nick’s book for a raft of bizarre accounts that open the UFO vista to something other than or more than ET visitations.)

RR

Tuesday, February 14, 2017

It’s the littlest things that disclose the real reality

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In Dvorak’s Cello Concerto in B Minor, Op.104 the second movement has a moment dedicated to (composed in memory of) his sister-in-law whom he loved.

"The melancholy second movement quotes a theme from one of Dvořák’s own songs, "Lasst mich allein” (German: “Leave Me Alone”). The song had been a particular favourite of the composer’s sister-in-law Josefina, who had recently died. Having loved Josefina before he consented to marry her sister Anna, Dvořák here paid tribute to his first love.

For the final movement, Dvořák builds a rondo structure upon a jaunty marchlike theme. In its final bars, brief recapitulations of melodies from the previous movements are heard." [Britannica]

In Schubert’s and Beethoven’s 9th Symphonies (the final movements) is an identical theme that was inserted by the composers to show their affection for one another. (Listen to both finales to hear the “identical” musical phrases).

And Schubert often quoted Beethoven, not only because he admired Beethoven but because he loved him (not homo-erotically however).


The fact that Schubert, as previously mentioned, quotes the Funeral March from Beethoven’s ‘Eroica’ Symphony in his song ‘Auf dem Strom’ is of the greatest interest, as the song was first performed at Schubert’s concert a year to the day after Beethoven’s death. This encourages us – as it did the contemporary audience in March 1828 – to regard the whole event as a deliberate tribute to the dead Beethoven. Furthermore, although the actual words of the song are not relevant at this point (sadness at being carried away from home and love by the river), the fact that Schubert quotes a funeral march from Beethoven’s ‘heroic’ symphony certainly is.
And DaVinci signified his homosexuality in his painting of John the Baptist:
Of course most of you know about Conan Doyle’s story, Silver Blaze, wherein Sherlock Holmes solves the mystery beginning with this exchange:

Gregory (Scotland Yard detective): “Is there any other point to which you would wish to draw my attention?”

Holmes: “To the curious incident of the dog in the night-time.”

Gregory: “The dog did nothing in the night-time.”

Holmes: “That was the curious incident.”


It’s those little things that provide an opening to fact or truth, and in ufology there are a few such little things that can explain a UFO event or sighting is one just looks  close enough.

Roswell (1947): the Haut Press Release indicating a “flying disc” was recovered and the Ramey memo.
Socorro (1964): the symbol seen on the craft (and drawn) by Police Officer Lonnie Zamora and the indentations in the ground left by the thing Officer Zamora saw:
The Stefan Michalak burn marks on his chest (1967):
The rut marks in the ground and the ripped trousers of Robert Taylor (1979):
You get the idea…

RR

Monday, February 13, 2017

A 1968 or 1969 UFO Abduction? A Folie à Deux ? A Hoax?

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Looking further into an alleged UFO abduction that sneaked up on me in a folder of UFO events I have, I thought maybe I’d be able to explain it as a folie à deux, a form of hallucination sharing.

The episode is usually listed as the 1968 Buff Lake or Buff Ledge, Vermont abduction and has gained attention at these sites:

                                      
http://www.ufoevidence.org/cases/case658.htm

(The UFO Evidence account showing, errantly, the event as a 1969 event.)



But then I came across a non-UFO site that indicated the whole thing was a camp counselor created hoax, not by the purported “victims” but by their fellow counselors:


RR