The UFO Iconoclast(s)

Thursday, May 03, 2007

Is there only one UFO presence?

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While UFO devotees report many UFO sighting per day – most are misinterpretations – there are no simultaneous sightings of bona fide UFOs; that is, no UFOs are seen at the same time, in different locations.

And that has been the pattern for flying saucer/UFO sightings since people have been recording their appearances.

This would seem to indicate that the UFO presence comes down to one contingent: one UFO fleet, that replenishes its array of “crafts” every now and then, causing what UFO mavens call “flaps.”

This one UFO fleet contains a cigar-shaped mothership and a bevy of smaller, aerodynamic contraptions, each fit for a specific mission it seems, including abductions of human beings, if one wants to get silly.

Reconnaissance appears to be the main mission, but if UFOs are Earth-made, flights are primary testing occasions. However, recorded UFOs from pre-flight eras seem to rule out the Earth-made scenario, except for those UFO sightings that are misinterpreted (which account for the vast majority of UFO reports since the airship observations of the 1890s and the sightings from 1947 on).

But what is the source of this one UFO fleet? Is it extraterrestrial? Is it Earth-oriented, from a hidden civilization, as suggested by Mac Tonnies’ cryptoterrestrial hypothesis? Does the fleet come from Earth’s future? Or past?

Could the fleet be a psychic manifestation, a la Jacques Vallee, controlled by super-beings, once thought to be the gods (or demons)?

Or are they a unique phenomenon, brought into existence eons ago, by some human (or other) mechanism, and continue to appear, now and then, as an evolutionary tweaker?

Whatever the source, there is only one fleet of saucers – UFOs, and they have raised psychological havoc with a few human beings who keep them “alive” by paying attention to them: the ufologists and their lapdog followers.

Wednesday, May 02, 2007

The Roswell Pathology

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No, it’s not the obsession that UFO aficionados have for the 1947 episode but, rather, the apparent raft of pathological liars that inhabited (and still inhabit) the Roswell, New Mexico area.

When one studies liars and lying, it becomes obvious that only a small segment of a community has the tendency to lie, about anything.

But in Roswell, it seems, if Kevin Randle, Karl Pflock, and others are correct, that a host of Roswell citizens not only lied but had a penchant for embellishment and outright falsehoods that exceeded statistical groupings of pathologies for any segment of a society or community, about anything, at anytime, or anywhere.

That is, the confluence of liars in Roswell was well beyond the extreme end of the scale for any pathology, anywhere…..unless…

Unless Roswell’s witnesses to an alleged flying disk crash were and are telling the truth.

But Randle, an others, show that this was not the case. Tales told by many “witnesses” did not conform to the facts, and the rate of inconsistency was abnormally high.

Sure, there have been and are liars running rampant through the UFO scenario, but they are not accumulated in one concentrated area, no matter what UFO incident one can cite, as those in Roswell were and are.

This pathology is grist for psychologists and sociologists, but such professionals are not found in the UFO community. And outside the UFO arena, such professionals couldn’t care less, UFOs so badly tainted by fraud and nonsense of all kinds.

The lying and fraud perpetrated upon the public and even government officials by regular citizens exceeded and exceeds anything that conspiracy buffs attribute to the Air Force, CIA, FBI, et cetera in the Roswell incident.

But the will to believe overtakes commonsense when it comes to Roswell, and that is a pathology we’ve addressed elsewhere, many times.

Tuesday, May 01, 2007

UFOs: The Impotent Mythology

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The UFO mystery has been and is nothing more than a gigantic, non-tangible jig-saw puzzle, from which nothing worthwhile or useful has emerged.

Time, monies, lives have been wasted searching for a solution to a phenomenon that brings little more than curiosity to the human table.

Believers, die-hard investigators, skeptical agnostics and rabid non-believers alike derive nothing from the UFO phenomenon, except the kind of camaraderie (or anti-camaraderie) that crossword, sudoku puzzlers (and antagonists) share.

Kenneth Arnold purportedly saw, in 1947, nine, gleaming objects flying near Mt. Rainier. And so?

Ezekiel was taken up to the heavens by a flying something-or-other long before that. And?

Something or someone left remnants of a balloon or debris from another world in Roswell, 1947. So?

Betty and Barney Hill were scooped up, dreamily or in actuality, by a flying saucer and examined by the occupants of that “saucer.” Therefore?

Lonnie Zamora saw an egg-shaped craft from this world or another in Socorro, New Mexico, 1964. Thus?

More recently, residents saw shifting lights and/or a triangular object in the skies over Phoenix, Arizona, 1997. Consequently?

And even last year (2006), some bystanders saw something strange hovering above O’Hare airport…….

What has this produced in the way of useful or even tangential information of a viable kind?

Scientists scoff at UFOs, but their disciplines have done little better with their “phenomena” – Big Bangs, Quantum enigmas, String Theory, Dark Matter.

What have those elusive conversational pieces provided humankind, in practical, useful terms (and we discount space travel or knowledge about Mars et cetera as hardly more practical or valuable than UFO data)?

UFOs, and the study of them, as we’ve noted oft times here, provide escapes from reality. And the devotees of the phenomenon are exactly the kinds of persons who need escapes from their realities; many barely beyond Neanderthalian thinking and culture.

Yes, UFOs are existentially impotent, even if they turn to be real. But so are many other things one can site: golf, grilling burgers, studying Christianity, blogging, mountain climbing, making another UFO documentary, and so on.

Yet, the active curiosity will go on. What else do Neanderthals have to do?

Monday, April 30, 2007

UFO Review

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You want UFO info and other interesting news from the nether world?

Click here to access Stuart Miller’s excellent site, UFO Review which (while the e-zine itself is on a reprieve) has links, by scrolling down when the page opens, that cover everything from soup to nuts (and we fit the latter category according to some).

The links are juicy, to say the least.