Saturday, August 29, 2015
The Times Literary Supplement for August 14, 2015 offered a review of our British friend David Clarke’s latest book How UFOs Conquered the World: The history of a modern myth. [Aurum, 320 pp. $28.99].
The reviewer, Jonathan Barnes gives a nod – it’s in the In Brief section of the supplement – to David’s loss of fascination with UFOs as a product of alien/ET visitation.
David, of course, takes the stance that is reflected by skeptics (CDA, Lance Moody, Gilles Fernandez, and Zoam Chomsky) who visit this page now again: UFOs are optical illusions, misperceptions of aircraft or obtuse weather phenomena and Venus, stray balloons, Chinese lanterns, et cetera.
Reviewer Barnes end his short pastiche with David’s view of the UFO story: “Human beings”, [David] writes, rather wistfully and with the air of one who has learnt the truth the hard way, “cannot live without myths.”
David Clarke is an example of an erudite man. But he’s wrong.
Even though UFOs may not be ET-oriented, they are exotic and real, apart from the many “explanations” he proffers.
I’ve seen a few of these strange things and interviewed sensible people who have experienced them also, some close up.
They may not be extraterrestrial craft but they are something more than the belabored list that David offers (and that some of the skeptics offer).
David, like our Brit buddy, Christopher Allan [CDA], is cynical or disappointed that UFOs (and flying saucers) have turned out not to seem ET-related.
But some of us who came to the sightings in our youth, despite growing up not believing any longer that the ubiquitous things flying around our skies for lots of years, even millennia, are alien spaceships, still think UFOs are something that may have created a myth but yet have the core of a reality, from which myth must derive.
CNN's Life on Mars portfolio....[hoohah]
Friday, August 28, 2015
Nick Redfern has had enough with "disclosure"!
Ekphrasis (or, better, Ecphrasis): okay for UFO study?
An academic friend of mine has Facebook colleagues who like to evoke the mishmash of scholarship.
Rececntly, I had a back-and-forth with one of his Facebook “friends” about a passage in Ovid’s Metamorphoses.
It was the passage(s) about Arachne’s and Athena’s woven “carpet” contest.
The “friend” wrote this in reply to my plaint about his interpretation:
RC Kudos, as my English is probably not good enough to convey this: First of all, you seem to underestimate the level of sophistication of ancient literature, or ancient culture in general, (that's why it's called "classic", by the way). You are simply proven wrong by the volumes of critical material accumulated over the ages of interpretation, beginning with the respective scholia already in Antiquity itself. Secondly, hermeneutics of the four-fold meaning (literal, historical, tropological & anagogical) are to be found both in the Christian and Jewish tradition, for example with Origenes, Augustinus etc, (the Jewish equivalent is called PaRDes and refers to the ancient interpretation of the Tora). And more specifically: Arakhne's carpet and the "Metamorphoses" as a whole are tied together by a compositional analogy in that they both use a compiliatory strategy that involves known and hitherto unknown/invented mythologems to an extent where both "texts" take on the air of a Proteic Metamorphosis. That fluency, if you like, & transformativeness distinguishes both from the "statuary" nature of Classical Augustean literature.Just like in paintings, for instance, where you can sometimes find miniatures of the entire picture hidden on the canvas somewhere - And from Pindar and Homer on it is possible to show that expressions around weaving/carpets etc. have been used for metapoetic discourse …
Okay, you get it; a lot of academic gobbledygook.
The academes also like to use the word ekphrasis or, more correctly, ecphrasis, for interpreting works of art (poetry, in particular) which means:
“Ekphrasis or ecphrasis, from the Greek description of a work of art, possibly imaginary, produced as a rhetorical exercise; often used in adjectival form, ekphrastic. A graphic, often dramatic, description of a visual work of art. In ancient times, it referred to a description of any thing, person, or experience.” [Wikipedia]
I prefer (for interpretations outside the world of academe and art), from the Oxford Dictionary: A lucid, self-contained explanation or description.
And here’s how all this applies to UFOs (or ufology):
While I keep harping on drilling down to determine all relevant facets of a UFO event or encounter (a significant “sighting”), I don’t mean to conjecture or add speculative accoutrements to the sighting.
That is, the sighting should be looked at in its overall, “superficial” aspect.
What is witnessed or attested to should be acknowledged on the face of it.
For example, in the Biblical Ezekiel sighting [Ezekiel 10], various hermeneutical interpretations have been applied, ascribing Ezekiel’s vision or experience to a symbolic array meant to provide a message to Hebrews and their enemies.
The “vision” – all by itself, unadorned and pristine as recounted by Ezekiel – has been muddied by askew interpretations.
What Ezekiel reported should be viewed just as it is. One can look for clues – drilling down into the report – as to what Ezekiel saw (just as one might do with the Zamora Socorro account, one of the best witness accounts of a UFO sighting).
Looking for esoteric hidden messages by Ezekiel is irrelevant.
Did he see what he saw? Or did Ezekiel create a wildly exotic “vision” to manipulate his people or their enemies?
I prefer to think Ezekiel reported what he actually saw, just as Eliseus did when he reported his father, Elias, “went up by a whirlwind into heaven” via “a fiery chariot and fiery horses” (and he saw him no more). [4 Kings 2:11]
While I’d like a scholarly, scientific look at UFO cases, especially some of the classic cases, I’d opt out of having anyone from academe getting involved.
They have a tendency to pontificate with abstruse nonsense that has nothing to do with actual content, preferring to incorporate their own misbegotten musings for what is, for all intents and purposes, a simple tale, told in poetic verse (sometimes) to make the story interesting to readers, not to imply subliminal messaging that their audience could not grasp even if they had the intellectual wherewithal to do so (as indicated by the RC answer to me at Facebook, seen above.
“Keep it simple” goes the current mantra, and that’s what we who are looking for an explanation of UFOs should do.
Astronaut Edgar Mitchell "corrects" British tabloid story
Thursday, August 27, 2015
Green Fireballs (and the quantum measurement effect)
Here are a few excerpts from Flying Saucers Have Landed, provided by Desmond Leslie in Part One of that dismissed book (mentioned here previously).
The excerpts deal with the green fireball phenomenon, which had its heyday in the late 1940s and early 1950s, with sporadic sightings after that. [See link below]
I’ve highlighted what strikes me as interesting about the Project Twinkle effort and that is this: when an all out effort was made to capture the things via various scientific methods, the green fireballs did not/would not appear.
This follows the quantum maxim that measurement (observation) of a quantum event alters that event. (I’ve elaborated on that “maxim” in various places, allowing that when a camera appears in a crowd, the dynamic of that crowd will change – a Marshall McLuhan effect.)
The quantum “maxim” seems to apply, not only to the green fireball phenomenon, but to UFO sightings generally; that is, when a UFO is spotted or seen, the UFO’s behavior seems to change. (Some see this as an indication of an “intelligent agency” while I see it as the result of the quantum measurement/observation effect.)
Anyway, here are the Leslie excerpts:
On the night of 2 November 1951 a ball of kelly-green fire, larger than the moon and blazing several times more brightly, flashed eastward across the skies of Arizona. It raced, straight as a bullet, parallel to the ground, and then exploded in a frightful paroxysm of light—without making a sound. At least 165 people saw the incredible thing; hundreds more witnessed the similar flight of countless other fireballs that since December 1945 have bathed the hills of the southwest in their lunar glare.
In the last year they have been seen as far afield as Pennsylvania, Maryland and Puerto Rico. Reports came so thick and fast during 1948 that in 1949 the Air Force established " Project Twinkle " to investigate them. " Project Twinkle" established a triple photo-theodolite post at Vaughn, North Mexico, to obtain scientific data on the fireballs. Day and night, week in, week out, for three months, a crew kept vigil. Ironically, while fireballs continued flashing everywhere else in the south-west, they saw nothing until the project was transferred to the Holloman Air Force base at Alamgordo [sic], North Mexico. There, during another three-month siege, they saw a few but were unable to make satisfactory computations because of the fireballs’ great speed. Search parties have had no better luck. They have combed in vain the countryside beneath the point of disappearance; not a trace of tell-tale substance has been found on the ground.’
‘Evaluation. The popular south-west belief that a strange meteor shower was underway has been blasted by Dr. Lincoln La Paz, mathematician, astronomer and director of the Institute of Meteorites at the University of New Mexico. He points out that normal fireballs do not appear green; they fall in the trajectory forced on them by gravity, are generally as noisy as a freight train and leave meteorites where they hit. The green New Mexican species does none of these things. Neither do the green fireballs appear to be electrostatic phenomena — they move too regularly and too fast.
‘If the fireballs are the product of a United States weapons project, as some south-westerns believe, it is a very secret one indeed: the Atomic Energy Commission and every other government agency connected with weapons development has denied to Life any responsibility for the fireballs. Could they be self-destroying Russian reconnaissance devices ? Not likely. While the United States believes the Russians have an intercontinental guided missile, there is no intelligence that indicates they have developed silent power plants or objects capable of moving nearly as fast as meteors (twelve miles a second). Yet — for whatever it may be worth — the only reports of green fireballs prior to 1945 came from the Baltic area.
‘The extreme greenness of the fireballs has impressed most witnesses. When asked to indicate the approximate colour on a spectrum chart, most of them have touched the band at 5,200 angstroms — close to the green of burning copper.
Copper is almost never found in meteorites; the friction of the air oxidises it shortly after he meteor enters the upper atmosphere. However, a curious fact has been recorded by aerologists. Concentrations of copper particles are now present in the air of Arizona and New Mexico, particularly in "fireball areas ". These were not encountered in air samples made before 1948.’
In 1934 I [Desmond Leslie] was at school in the south of England and, one November evening after ‘lights out’, our dormitory was suddenly lit by a brilliant green glare. With yells of delight we rushed to the windows, in time to see an immense green fireball move slowly across the sky and disappear behind the Sussex Downs. It was so bright that all the school grounds were lit up in this unearthly green glow. The walls of a white cottage half a mile away reflected the light almost as brightly as a green neon sign. Our speculations, however, were interrupted by the appearance of an angry master, who had come to investigate the commotion.
27 April.  10.0 p.m. Ann Arbor, Michigan. 42.25° Latitude, 83.75° Longitude.
One brilliant blue-green object trailed by greenish sparks falling from it, crossed the sky with great speed, from north to south. [SOURCE: Ann Arbor News, 29 April.]
A few relatively current green UFO (fireball) sightings:
Wednesday, August 26, 2015
Flying Saucers Have Landed: A reference to plant pilots (a minor obsession of mine)
Meanwhile, as I traipsed through the book, which is eschewed by most UFO buffs because of the Adamski appellation, I came across this and wonder if any readers of this blog can tell me who the scientist was that is mentioned in this blurb, that I've highlighted with italics and bold font:
"In his book The Riddle of the Flying Saucers Gerald Heard refers to these objects as ‘Thinking Lights’, and puts forward similar suggestions. Other authors, believing that everything which flies must contain a pilot, have said they carry tiny beings six inches in height. Gerald Heard tried to convince us that they were propelled by intelligent insects from Mars. And one scientist, who should have known better, advanced a theory for small intelligent vegetables !"
Sunday, August 23, 2015
Ufological Drilling Down! (No one does that or has done that.)
It’s clear to me that UFO enthusiasts and those claiming to be researchers or investigators are facile when it comes to examining current and past (classic) UFO events.
Blue Book was lame, and so was the ersatz Condon UFO Committee.
(The exception seems to be the French cynics, as evidenced by many of the skeptical research papers, including the one I added here, from Gilles Fernandez, the other day; a really forensic attempt to clarify a UFO tale.)
UFO reports, scrutinized by so-called ufologists, including some a prolific as David Rudiak and Tim Printy (one an ET promoter, the other a rabid dissenter/skeptic), don’t dig past the top layer of sightings, although they pretend to.
In the 1996 Ann Arbor/Dexter/Hillsdale “swamp gas” sighting that Hynek attested to at a Detroit press conference was alluded to and investigated superficially.
No one, not the media surely, or Hynek or any UFO investigator, went to the Dexter site where at alleged craft was spotted by Frank Mannor and his son.
No water was taken from the swamp where the sighting allegedly occurred. No photos were taken of the surroundings or the in situ spot where the supposed craft was seen.
The whole episode, along with the concomitant sighting at Hillsdale, fifty miles, give or take, away was never really investigated or studied in any significant way, UFO aficionados and media trumped by Hynek’s superficial explanation.
The same thing happened at Socorro, Ray Stanford’s shallow take notwithstanding and with the Betty/Barney Hill scenario: no one really checked her marred dress or the markings on the Hills car….I mean really checked.
The Gorman interaction with a foolish acting UFO was never really studied just as the iconic Arnold “flying saucer” sighting wasn’t. (No one checked what he had eaten or drank before his flight over the Cascades, or what medicines, if any, he may have taken.
And was his plane checked for emissions in the cockpit? No.)
I could go on but you get the gist.
Even the touted skeptical reviews of such sightings, with photos, as the Trent/McMinnville has never gotten a real look, despite the jumble of material by Bruce Maccabee or Bob Sheaffer. (Neither contacted farmer Trent’s son or daughters to see what they could impart.)
While a lot of copy is often engorged about noted sightings (the Phoenix lights or O’Hare, for instance), nothing is done from an on-site check or with equipment to check veracity of witnesses or the surrounding environments at the time of the alleged events.
Most UFO investigators use the internet to gather what they use as material for their voluble but only knee-deep musings.
On-site investigation is often grab-and-run, as the Stanford Socorro take on the Zamora sighting, or the “swamp gas” imbroglio.
(The Roswell slides fiasco is a case study of how not to do UFO investigations, but that affair is not atypical. It is tantamount to how all UFO investigations have been done over the years and even now, when one can do so much more with the technologies available.)
Drilling down is not what ufologists do.
Creating massive amounts of hoary detritus is what the whole UFO literature is made of.
No wonder skeptics have cachet.
Saturday, August 22, 2015
Paul Yost and the 1964 Lonnie Zamora/Socorro "sighting"
He worked for and with Raven Industries, a CIA "corporation" tied to Howard Hughes, which I've noted many times here and elsewhere.
He experimented in the American southwest, and I've tied him to the 1964 Sororro/Zamora event often.
Here is a comment, from him, in the patent paper(s) for the balloon array pictured here.
The Socorro incident was not a hoax, created by NMIT students as I've outlined and explained in a series of postings at our UFO web-site.
It was not an extraterrestrial incursion, as I (and others) have also outlined at our site(s).
The Socorro sighting by police officer Lonnie Zamora was a terrestrial event: an experiment by Hughes Aircaft/Toolco and the CIA, in which Paul Yost was a primary participant.
Those, with access to our UFO web-site, can read the various "documentations."
Friday, August 21, 2015
An odd and interesting UFO tale/event, n'est ce pas?
I think this link came from Gilles Fernandez a few months back (or was offered at another blog):
(Use the Google translation option to read it in English.)
It's a exemplary example of how a UFO or UFO-related event should be investigated or analyzed.
(Use the Google translation option to read it in English.)
It's a exemplary example of how a UFO or UFO-related event should be investigated or analyzed.
Wednesday, August 19, 2015
Nick Redfern on Time Travelers
Tuesday, August 18, 2015
A sort of confirmation of an alleged Roswell incident
Lydia Sleppy, the telex secretary for Roswell affiliated station KOAT, in Albuquerque, created an affidavit in 1993 stating that while typing in a story from reporter Johnny McBoyle for ABC News in Hollywood, about a “flying saucer crashing north of Roswell” [the so-called Roswell incident] her send was interrupted by “THIS IS THE FBI. YOU WILL IMMEDIATELY CEASE ALL COMMUNICATION.”
Whether this Sleppy story is true or not has been heatedly debated by Roswell skeptics and aficionados for years now.
But, while reading a review [in TLS about the British artist John Craske, 7/24/15, Page 9] there was this…
A promoter of Craske, Valentine Ackland, while engaging in purchases of some Craske art, had this happen, reviewer Alexandra Harris reports:
“In 1941, a telegram from Ackland was intercepted by MI5 on the basis that it looked so odd it might be in code: ‘DARK STORM IS MY PROPERTY’, etc. Was it a communist plot? No just strong-willed Craske fans … [hoping to grab a piece of art before anyone else.”
This interception by the highly secret British agency, in 1941 (!), show that governments were monitoring messages (like the NSA does today) via various transmission methods, several years before the 1947 Roswell event.
Doesn’t it seem likely that the FBI was doing the same here, in the States, and Ms. Sleppy was recounting a real episode, a true government intrusion, in an area hot because of atomic bomb activity and possible Soviet spying?
Just an observation.
Monday, August 17, 2015
The Plate in My Head is a Government Plot: Visions of the Eschaton in UFO Conspiracy Theory by Carol Matthews
A Carol Matthews paper
Sunday, August 16, 2015
I hate to trouble readers here with these non-UFO offshoots, but here's another
The Times Literary Supplement [7/31/2015] has a review by Marina Gerner of John Gray’s book The Souls of the Marionette: A short inquiry into human freedom [Allen Lane, £17.99].
The book presents philosopher Gray’s take on freedom, Gnosticism, robots, and mankind’s future, to name only a partial list of things this erudite book presents.
Gray discusses Stanislav Lem’s 1961 novel, Solaris, “in which a group of scientists examines the oceanic surface of a planet which turns out to be a sentient intelligence that examines the scientists in return.” [TLS, Page 28].
Bitcoins and UFOs….yes, Bitcoins
Bitcoins are the ephemeral currency of the internet, created by Satoshi Nakamoto in 2008.
A review in the Times Literary Supplement of a book about the “currency,” Cryptocurrency: How Bitcoin and digital money are challenging the global economic order by Paul Vigna and Michael J. Casey (Wall Street Journalist reporters) gives a précis of the “money.”
The review is by David Throsby [TLS, 7/31/15, Trust funds, Page 28].
What ties the currency to UFOs are the nuances of its evanescent state, its promoters, and gatekeepers, but mostly the mystique about its existence.
This from the review…”In essence, the operations of the system depend on the work of the bitcoin community – in particular on people known as ‘miners’ who compete for the coins that are released into the system at regular intervals.”…strikes me a similar to the workings of UFO enthusiasts and is the template for ufology.
Then there is this….”The development of bitcoin is described as the story of a counter-culture, a strange community of ‘libertarians, anticorporatists, crypto-anarchists, utopians, entrepreneurs, and VCs [venture capitalists] … there is a quasi-religious element to the bitcoin phenomenon…”
Sounds like ufology, right?
Near the review’s end, Throsby writes, “Bitcoin’s use as a vehicle fro transactions may expand, but it seems most unlikely that it will become an alternative or replacement for sovereign currency.”
This is the state of ufology: not an alternative or replacement for scientific methodologies and UFOs not a replacement for aeronautics or extraterrestrial research.
Friday, August 14, 2015
UFO sightings with creatures having octopus-like appendages
National UFO Reporting Center
Occurred : 4/20/1997 02:00 (Entered as : 04/20/1997 2:00)
Reported: 7/13/2004 1:31:02 AM 01:31
Location: Carlinville, IL
In the night, I was awoken by the prescence of a groteque, glowing ship, with a glow as so sinister in a cloak of shadows IT was with.
I am very interested in UFOs, but my interest began one night long while ago- I was only 4 years old, but I had high IQ stats. It was the middle of the night one something awoke me- a strange feeling-I didn't like it. I looked at the clock. 2:03 am. The clock was on a dresser next to the window. I saw a light outside, but assumed it was an aircraft. I made a double take. The light I saw was very large, larger than the moon.(In appearance) Its colours constantly shifted, changing hues every second. Surrounding it were dozens of smaller lights. Through the window I saw it had a strange, grotesque shape- the large light was the center of the craft, and along with the other lights were a few that were smaller than the big one, but bigger than the small ones, that lined the outline of the craft. The craft iself seemed tear-drop shaped, yet sprouting from random parts of the craft were long, tentacle-like protrusions, and they seemed to be comming dangerously close to the ground. The pointed end of the craft was a single, stiff spine. Having keen vision, even in the dark, I squinted to see if I could refer just what was on the ship. I saw mininscule humanoids in the craft, but before I could decifer more, a flash of light broke the calm, settle night, and it's the last thing I remember. I came back to in my bed, nearly an hour later, but did not recall falling asleep. A week later, however, strange markings began appearing on me. They looked like needle marks- only much bigger, and much redder. My IQ nearly doubled, perplexing my doctor over the few weeks it happened. Things strange still happen to me, and although I move around alot, I have constant UFO sightings. I'm still obseesed in UFOs, aliens, area 51, and the like. In my quest for answers, I stumbled upon an odd book that revealed some secrets to me. I may be, as the book says, a "Star Child," one of very few people that are either descendents of aliens, or are looked after by the like, with occasional "check-ups." That is all I real! ly have to say.
The aliens (extraterrestrials) have been here awhile, it seems
And in a moment of synchronicity, I read this, later in the day, in a TLS review [7/31/15, Page 13] by Anne Magurran of Helen Scales book about mollusks: Spirals in Time: The secret life and curious afterlife of seashells [Bloomsbury, $27]:
"Cephalopods [such as octopus and squid] are the most highly intelligent invertebrates."
This means, for me, that octopuses (and squid), often featured in sea tales attacking ships, may have been deposited on Earth, millennia ago, by ET visitors, hoping they'd evolve, perhaps, into a viable, intelligent, operative species -- maybe even replicating the alien species that dropped them here; that is, the octopus or squid species mimic the look/thought of the species that brought them here.
Is there UFO lore where persons saw creatures that had tentacles?
Graphic (above) from: http://wall.alphacoders.com/big.php?i=369480
Thursday, August 13, 2015
A flying oddity....maybe even a UFO
The video intriguing, as I view it, and has opened a discussion that offers various explanations.
Check it out and offer your explanation here or at the Open Minds site (linked above); the article/story by Alejandro Rojas.
Wednesday, August 12, 2015
The Infinite [Endless] Loop
But commenters and aficionados will not go there.
Kevin brought to his blog and readers a note about ball lightning that one of our regulars (Rare Phenomena Lover) provided but, as here, the response by visitors were niggardly or non-existent.
But let Kevin or Nick raise the hoary redundancy of Roswell or the slides allegedly attendant to Roswell, and the comments will come out of the internet nooks and crannies, in abundance.
We bloggers can't seem to shake UFO buffs from their somnambulistic fixation on Roswell and the detritus that the 1947 event procured for the UFO mythos.
The debate is an endless or infinite loop -- of ufological imbecility.
N.B. An infinite loop (also known as an endless loop or unproductive loop) is a sequence of instructions in a computer program which loops endlessly, either due to the loop having no terminating condition, having one that can never be met, or one that causes the loop to start over. [Wikipedia]
Monday, August 10, 2015
The November 22, 1966 Willamette UFO
This is a link to a rather thorough paper by Irwin Wieder on the sighting and photo(s) of the UFO:
Relevant comments and/or info is more than welcome.