UFO Conjecture(s)

Monday, September 26, 2016

Haha from Physics-Astronomy (in my Facebook feed)


The Roswell Slides: A Retrospective

Kevin Randle mentions, at his blog [kevinrandle.blogspot.com], in a piece about a Tom Carey interview that his readers can find my take on the slides (which, by the way, started in 2013 and went all the way through to 2015 and that Mexico fiasco).

Kevin suggests that those still interested can come to this blog and input, in the search bar at the upper left of the opening page, Roswell Slides, and they will get my views about the slides, some of the views not flattering to Kevin, at the time.

So, for those of you who are still interested -- can this be so? -- type in Roswell Slides, above left, in the search bar and have at it.

(One disgruntled with and envious person of this blog keeps trying to insinuate that my part in the slides farce is other than what it really was. You can find my actual take on the Roswell slides by reading what I was writing about them, at the time.)

I thank my pal Kevin Randle for his judicious attention to my meager output here. He's one of the few objective, honest persons in the UFO community and that is significant.

RR

Saturday, September 24, 2016

Silence and loyalty to the end?

Robbie Graham provides a litany of personages in his book Silver Screen Saucers who seemingly or circumstantially had access to authentic UFO movies and documentation. [Page 28 ff. particularly]

This brings me to speculate, as I have in the past here (and elsewhere), why, if notable persons had information or knew of real UFO sightings and events, why they would keep quiet about such things, even unto death.

I noted, several years ago, in a post here (and at our other UFO blogs), that it seemed odd to me that if President Harry Truman actually was privy to a flying saucer crash, with alien (extraterrestrial) bodies in Roswell, why he wasn’t affected, overtly, by the knowledge of such a profound event?

He continued his daily walks and defense of his daughter but never indicated that something apparently transformational for humans had taken place in Roswell, New Mexico, July 1947.

And what about General Curtis LeMay who allegedly scolded his friend Senator Barry Goldwater for asking about “the blue room” (where Roswell debris, bodies and other ET things were stored) at Wright-Patterson Air Base?
LeMay never made a public (or private?) pronouncement about such items.

Robbie Graham mentions Allen Dulles, one-time head of the CIA (who I have found submerged in the UFO story early on and suggested him as noteworthy to Nick Redfern) and Dwight Eisenhower, who supposedly witnessed a UFO or UFOs during a military maneuver, and, by some nutty ufological accounts, actually was taken to a secret place to meet an extraterrestrial captured by the U.S. military when he was President.

Yet, Dulles remained silent about his UFO knowledge and Eisenhower went on golfing, day after day, unfazed by his knowledge of alien life having penetrated the Earth.

CDA has often raised the question, if Roswell was a real crashed flying disk event with intriguing technology, why has it remained secret for almost 70 years; no one putting the truth forward or leaking such an enormous incident’s details.

We know that secrets, about everything, end up being disclosed by investigation or loose lips.

Some prime examples include Suetonius’ Lives of the Twelve Caesars  [121 A.D.] which presented the most, insidious details about the Roman Caesars – information unbeknownst to the public and other historians (such as Tacitus) – and The Secret Gospel of Mark, allegedly discovered by scholar Morton Smith, which insinuates that Jesus Christ was homosexual, the information expurgated from the canonical Mark by the early Church fathers but still hinted at in the Biblical Mark: [And when Jesus was seized by Jewish elders and soldiers in Gethsemane] “a certain youth followed Him wearing a linen cloth on his bare body, and when they seized him, he left the linen cloth behind and fled from them, naked.” [Mark 14:51-52]
And we know, from Edward Snowden, that great secrets can be and will be leaked by those who see a greater boon in truth than in a false loyalty to temporary power-holders.
But none of this happened or is happening when it comes to UFOs. No one, it seems, has had the guts or need to be ethical (truthful) and disclose what the UFO reality is or has been, no one!

How can that be?

Either there is no UFO reality, as my friend Zaom Chomsky insists or the truth is maintained by persons who think secrets imposed by their peers or betters must remain secret, even unto death.

The latter is moral madness, nothing more, nothing less.

(Get a copy of Suetonios’ tome and Robbie Graham’s book for insights that you need to be considered intellectual and well-knowing about the topic of UFOs and history.)

RR

Friday, September 23, 2016

Three Books: Ray Palmer, UFOs and Hollywood, and Cave Art (a neuroscientific view)

I just got this 2013 book from Daedalus Books and will present some of the material upcoming.

Palmer, as most of you know, was a showman and entertaining con-man (or con-artist).

Much of the early flying saucer mythos derives from his efforts to promote himself and his enterprises.

I find him intriguing and an archetypal figure representing many in the past and current UFO community (or ufology if you wish).
But first, I'm enchanted by Robbie Graham's deliciously satisfying rendition of the flying saucer/UFO history and how Hollywood has presented the phenomenon or been affected by it.

Robbie's book makes a great introduction to the saga of flying saucers and/or UFOs.

The opening pages put Zoam Chomsky's erratic but vibrant anti-UFO spiels in their place. (No, Robbie doesn't mention Zoam but provides a view that eradicates Zoam's insistence that UFOs do not exist and have never existed.)

Robbie leans toward an ET explanation for the phenomenon, with which I disagree, but his view is not only reasonable but erudite, as I noticed earlier.

I'll be presenting gems from this splendid book sporadically here; it's a superb read.

Then I got this 2009 book, also from Daedalus:
The Creative Ice Age Brain: Cave Art in the Light of Neuroscience by Barbara Olins Alpert.

Books about primitive (cave art) disrupts the foolishness of the Ancient Astronaut crowd by positing that early humans came to their senses without the intervention of extraterrestrial beings.

I'll provide some commentary on this upcoming, too.

(I only wish that readers here would co-operate and add to my ramblings with incendiary but intellectual comments that edify me and others.)

Now order Robbie Graham's book and maybe the Palmer item. You won't be disappointed by either and will certainly enjoy Robbie's effort.

RR

From my Facebook feed...


Thursday, September 22, 2016

A Nature blog about early UFO books et cetera

http://blogs.nature.com/aviewfromthebridge/2016/09/22/the-rise-and-fall-of-the-ufo/

RR

A Pre-Roswell UFO crash?

From Amazon:

MO41, The Bombshell Before Roswell” by Paul Blake Smith, might well be the most exciting, shocking, and impactful event – and now book subject - in not just American history, but all of human history.

Did three extraterrestrials really crash-land their circular spaceship on a farm just outside of Cape Girardeau, Missouri, in mid-April of 1941? Was this stunning recovery then taken to a secret hiding place beneath perhaps the most recognizable building in the world? Was an aspect of the scientifically examined alien craft’s propulsion system applied to the U.S. nuclear weapons program to help win World War II?
The serious, amazing pre-Roswell claims and quotes, rumors and insights, opinions and documented facts are all examined here, in proper chronological, easy-to-read order, the only book to ever comprehensively explore perhaps the wildest nonfiction story of all time.
The results make up a case that could win in a court of law, or at least in the court of public opinion. You, the reader, decide!

RR

Wednesday, September 21, 2016

A 1716 Illustration of a UFO?

Google's UFO alerts provided, in a link [http://www.mirror.co.uk/news/weird-news/18th-century-book-cover-prove-8880692], a 1716 book cover that allegedly depicts a UFO.
The article (link) say this:

"The Latin text, a treatise on Mathematics by Johann Caspar Funck, features an illustration on its cover clearly depicting a UFO . The flying saucer is shown emerging from clouds ..."

Here's the full book cover:
RR

Robbie Graham's Silver Screen Saucers

I finally got a copy, from Amazon, of Robbie Graham's book, Silver Screen Saucers: Sorting Fact from Fantasy in Hollywood's UFO movies [White Crow Books, UK, 2015].

I won't review the book, as I wasn't asked to do so, but I will be offering a spate of postings here from the 337 pages of UFO accounts and how Hollywood (the movies and TV) have presented their versions of the UFO phenomenon.

Robbie Graham has compiled, virtually, every UFO account that has impacted UFO buffs and the public and shows how entertainment venues have presented the phenomenon to its audiences.

Robbie Graham has been at this for some time. and I've been following his erudite writing about UFOs and their movie/TV representations during much of that time, recently via Facebook, as a "friend" of his there.

The cover of the book refers to it as encyclopedic, and it surely is, containing all the UFO tales and attendant films (and TV shows) about them that have appeared over the years.

Robbie Graham is no hack. He is a superb, erudite, intelligent writer (an exception in UFO circles) and I can't recommend this book more highly.I'll share insights upcoming. Meanwhile I'm engrossed in the thing....engrossed.
RR

Monday, September 19, 2016

The Socorro Symbol Problem

When it comes to deciphering the symbol seen by Police Officer Lonnie Zamora in 1964, there is a major glitch.

Which insignia represents the actual symbol he saw?
The story, magnified by eccentric UFO buff Ray Stanford, is that the Air Force asked Office Zamora to sign a bogus image, allegedly the arrow with a cupola, to expose hoaxers who might claim they had a sighting of a craft, and used the cupola insignia for witness authenticity. The Air Force anticipated the real symbol, the inverted V with three lines through it, to be what an actual sighter would see.

A few questions…

Why a need for such a convoluted scenario? Did the Air Force know that craft with a real symbol might show up in a raft of new sightings? It’s an odd ploy.

So odd, that I discount the story as it exists. Something doesn’t add up, but that’s usually the case with a Stanford UFO account.

To add a red herring to a thorough and exemplary observation baffles.

And it’s possible that the inverted V was the bogus symbol, to throw off investigators and the public, flummoxing an actuality – that the craft was a military/CIA construct commissioned by the government using Howard Hughes’ Toolco and/or Hughes Aircraft under contract by Raven Industries, a CIA front, which I’ve covered amply many times here and elsewhere.

Somehow the Air Force attempted to perplex/bewilder those hoping to determine what Lonnie Zamora saw. And it worked.

Here we are struggling to explain the sighting and its mysterious symbol, 50+ years later.

Was or is Stanford part of the “disinformation”?

Like Frank Mannor in the 1966 Ann Arbor/Dexter “swamp gas” event, Lonnie Zamora threw up his hands and removed himself from the incident, experiencing all the waywardness of the Air Force, Hynek, and others, even Stanford himself.

(The anecdote that when Officer Zamora’s daughter asked what really happened, he, Zamora, pointed to Stanford’s bizarrely titled book and said, “He got it right” is strictly apocryphal.)

I’ll have a note on the symbol/insignia, the case’s “smoking gun,” upcoming.

RR

Sunday, September 18, 2016

From my Facebook Physics-Astronomy feed


The Alien Civilization Evolutionary Canard

The Fall 1978, No. 1 issue of UFO Update! (pictured) has a “editorial” by Stanton Friedman, with his quote, “I can safely say that the laughter curtain” has gradually risen, and that most people are ready to listen to the scientific data.. [Page 4]

But skipping that nonsense, written before his Roswell/Marcel inculcation, I found a superficial piece by Michael A.G. Michaud, We Are Not Alone, [Page 22 ff.] Here, Michaud persists in telling readers:

“Since 1945 nations have conducted hundreds of nuclear tests above ground, producing distinctive electromagnetic pulses which can be detected far away. Since the 1950s, our radar and television stations have been sending out powerful signals that could be picked up many light years from earth by radio telescopes.” [Page 59]

He also writes that the radio telescope at Arecibo, Puerto Rico is sending out “powerful radio signal(s) toward a distant cluster of stars” with “concentric wave fronts [from such] electromagnetic energy which could only be produced by a technical civilization [ours].” [ibid]

Thus, “alien civilizations that may exist … may soon find out [that we are here] because of our technological activity.” [ibid]

I’ve dealt with such conjectural silliness many times here.

But what galls me more, in Michaud’s piece, is his speculation about evolution, writing this:

“We must remember that not all evolutions to intelligence would occur at the same time … Humanoid [sic] creatures emerged on this planet only a few million years ago – yesterday in terms of geological or cosmological time … Other intelligent beings may have evolved long before us; we may be newcomers to the galaxy. Millions, even billions of years ago, some of the universe’s most advanced evolutionary products may have leaped outward from their home systems to other suns [like ours] … perhaps a ship or two surveyed that undistinguished, average star we call the sun, or even landed on an obscure planet we call the earth. [ibid]

(I like his references to our sun and Earth as “undistinguished” and “obscure.”)

Evolution, as delineated by Darwin, is unique to the many vicissitudes of Earth, the many aspects that allow evolution to begin and work on this planet. Those “aspects” would have to be identical, or nearly so, for an alien world to follow the evolutionary path that occurred here, causing the rise of the flora and fauna (and especially sentient life) as we know it.

It’s would be highly improbable that another species of life would emerge and progress along similar lines that humans have, including the creation of technological manifestations such as radio, television, radio telescopes, and nuclear bombs.

It’s foolish, unscientific thinking for UFO buffs and even scientists, who often resort to evolutionary processes when theorizing about alien life on other planets.

This is the illogic, the ignorance, the madness that makes me intellectually bilious.

I hope you see my point.

RR

Saturday, September 17, 2016

UFOs and oneupmanship (rather than UFO research)

Cartoon from http://annehodgson.de/2009/11/16/one-upmanship/

UFO buffs (ufologists?) are more interested in internecine arguments than they are interested in resolving the UFO mystery.

Kevin Randle referred to this as oneupmanship, a little used term nowadays that denotes the practice of besting an opponent in a discussion, using any machination to wipe the floor with one’s adversary: ad hominems, illogic, vituperation, vulgar epithets, anything.

UFOers like to argue. They do not like to exert energy on the UFO phenomenon itself.

Some (like David Rudiak and Kevin, himself) pursue the vicissitudes of sightings, the aspects of witness testimony and the alleged “evidence” offered as proof of a UFO sighting or event.

Everyone else jumps on a UFO account (or report) to debunk or approve it. These UFOers engage in back-and-forths with each other, not to clean away the scrim of a UFO sighting but, rather, to see who sounds the most intelligent. Circumspection is nowhere to be found.

Meanwhile, a few (very few) work to see what they can discern from the (often) weak elements of a UFO account that witnesses provide.

(Zoam Chomsky) derides witness accounts as meaningless and sees all UFO sightings as the empty ramblings of delusional observers, whose ramblings have provided a mythos, one without any substance at all.)

Quiet UFO research hasn’t gotten us anywhere close to a discernment of what UFOs are either. The primary reason for that is so-called “ufologists” are deficient in research acumen; that is, they are untrained in the mechanisms of research, and lack the disciplinary accoutrements of science.

Even a UFO maven as skilled as Jacques Vallee hasn’t come up with anything worthwhile, just untested conjecture and erudite rumination, which doesn’t go far when dealing with such a barbarously elusive phenomenon as UFOs.

Thus, we are stuck in an unresolved rut of wayward wrangling and opportunistic jousts to make points, for an audience that doesn’t care one fig for what UFOs are. They just want a voice at the UFO table, to give some kind of value to their meaningless lives.

And that, dear friends, is “ufology” as French skeptic Gilles Fernandez often reminds us.

RR

Thursday, September 15, 2016

Christian believers and UFO (ET) believers have much in common

Here is a link to a Biblical Archaeology posting that appeared in my Facebook feed...

Click HERE

And here are the comments that it provoked. (Mouse over image to see larger, readable content):
Note the rampant stupidities, not unlike comments one can find in blogs (not this one) when Roswell or ETs are presented or promoted in a posting.

Ignorance is not dead.

RR

Wednesday, September 14, 2016

UFOs avoid black holes, yes?


Tuesday, September 13, 2016

From my Media Facebook feed


The Sea Peoples

More interesting to me than imagined extraterrestrials...
Click HERE for article.

RR

Have UFOs influenced human evolution, human history, human anything? No!

UFO buffs will cite early or ancient UFO sightings as important but they (the UFO sightings/reports) only indicate something odd was seen in the sky (or on the ground).



And I noted, in a 2013 posting here, that one image in the sky (a UFO or divine apparition) did affect humanity:

“In the whole of the UFO and UFO-like litany of sightings and events, there is only one that has affected human evolution or social evolution: the 312 A.D. appearance of a flaming cross during a battle near the Roman Milvian (or Mulvian) Bridge.

That sighting, by Roman Emperor Constantine the Great, helped establish the Holy Roman Catholic Church or religion, which controlled the lives and activities of Western civilization’s humankind, up until the Bolshevik Revolution of 1917.”

But that’s it.

UFOs have not and do not permeate any aspect of human existence, not human art, not human economics, not human sport, not human activity of any kind.

Even when militaries tried to emulate a flying saucer design, the efforts went nowhere.


The emphasis on UFOs by some elements in human society – the odd balls – is a sad commentary on human intelligence. It’s the one area where one sector – fortunately a very small sector -- of humanity has been affected by UFOs (or flying saucers).

Even weeds or locusts have affected humankind more than UFOs have.

So, why do some of us dwell on the evanescent phenomenon? You tell me.

RR

Monday, September 12, 2016

Ufology and wish-fulfillment

Psychiatry, today, is not prone to pursue Freud’s emphasis on wish-fulfillment for dreams or anything else.

Jung was loath to expand on Freud’s concept, especially as it applied to dreams.

But taking away the psychoanalytic patina of wish-fulfillment, one can see the desire of many UFO buffs to find an extraterrestrial explanation for UFOs.

They, ET-wishers, have a fear or longing, to escape from this existent drudge that many find themselves in.

In the UFO field or community one can see, rather obviously, a need for ET relief – they will save us, they will excite us with new technologies, new medicines, an exotic experience – and a concomitant need for fame or financial gain, the latter a delusion that many UFOers think exists.

One can find exorbitant needs to prove one is brilliant. (This blog is an example some think.) Commentary in most UFO blogs often consists of strident forms exhibiting an intelligence that is just not there.

One can see persons who became emerged in the UFO field to assuage their failures in their before-UFO careers: Stanton Friedman, Linda Moulton Howe, Jerome Clark, et al. (You can cite, yourselves many other inconsequential wannabes.)

But the great mass of UFO followers consist of persons who really only want to make their lives exciting, fulfilled by a need for extraterrestrials, often replacing a god or God.

In a sub-genre, I could – but won’t for various reasons – offer “evidence” that the Roswell slide group and participants were less trying to con the public and ufologists than trying to fulfill their belief that ETs crashed in Roswell and the U.S. government has confiscated the alien bodies involved, keeping them secret for obtuse reasons.

Some readers here like to attribute lying to those who see UFOs harboring interest in nuclear plants and missile sites, while those who seek and think they’ve found valid accounts of such activity are merely following their delusional need for an ET presence on Earth, a folly that I’ve tried to address here.

So-called abductees are extreme examples of a need for ET-saviors (like the angels and demons of old) or a need to gain some fame (notoriety) for their pathetic lives. (One doesn’t find famous or successful persons saying they’ve been abducted by alien beings.)

Wish-fulfillment is an underlying stratification for those with psychological needs, and UFOs offer, because of heir esoteric nature, a platform for persons who need to excel at something and who find UFOs (or ufology) an easy place where they can assume a mantle worthy of their aberrant need to be something other than what they really are.

RR

Saturday, September 10, 2016

An Attack of Aliens (from space), Owls, or "creatures from the id?

Image from http://cryptidz.wikia.com/wiki/Hopkinsville_Goblins

The August 1955 Kelly-Hopkinsville incident is fascinating, for a number of reasons.

Here’s the Wikipedia account:


Kevin Randle provided an extensive 2011 blog post that I’d link to except it has commentary from some asses who shouldn’t be acknowledged.

What disturbs, although I would usually accept a psychological “explanation” as worthy of insertion for a UFO event or an incident like this one, is the cavalier interpretation trotted out to dismiss this intriguing event, presented in Wikipedia (and other dismissive, skeptical explications:

The Hopkinsville entities have a decidedly earthly explanation. The "aliens" were in fact, Great Horned Owls, and the eyewitnesses were probably intoxicated during the "alien attack"
— Rodney Schmaltz and Scott Lilienfeld, Frontiers in Psychology, 2014

It seems as if the episode could be listed, instead of the silly explanation above, as a case of “mass hysteria, Thomas Szasz, in Insanity; The Idea and Its Consequences [John Wiley & Sons, NY, 1987, Page 174] writing:

“Paracelsus (1493-1541), considered to be one of the first modern physicians, … attributed [a similar 'outbreak' in the 16th Century of St. Vitus’ Dance] to ‘the irrational power of imagination and belief.’ – surely a remarkably perceptive way of describing it.”

That anyone would see the Frontiers of Psychology explanation as rational goes to the heart of how many odd UFO cases by credible persons are “explained away” (as ufologists used to say). A parliament of owls is a stretch as an explanation, as I see it.

The “event” bespeaks a case of mass hysteria (which I can't discount) or an intrusion by things from a paranormal world or multiworld, temporarily extant in August 1955. But why?

Two “normal” families were involved, with children. They saw and re-acted to the supposed creatures, allegedly saying they arrived by spaceship.

Wikipedia identifies two members, one each from the families involved, as “itinerant carnival workers.”

(I worked at a carnival, staffed by itinerants, me among them, while on vacation in Canada one summer during my youth. And the workers were a highly suggestible lot, full of weird stories about their lives and experiences, many of the tales odd to the point of schizophrenic-like ramblings.)

So, one might consider a psychic contagion by the “itinerant carnival workers” who created a miasmic environment that provoked mass hysteria and/or an induced hallucination.

Or the Sutton/Taylor families actually engaged in a shoot-out with creatures from somewhere outside normalcy (or the id, as suggested in Forbidden Planet).

At any rate, the tale/report intrigues and, like most (or all) UFO tales, remains unexplained.

RR