UFO Conjecture(s)

Saturday, October 22, 2011

Quirky 1947: Roswell, Rhodes, Arnold, and Solar Flares?

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Looking for a perturbation in the “force” for 1947, I stumbled upon an internet item by The Wanderling at the site of Anna Jones that states the Roswell “crash” was caused by solar flares:

Click HERE for that site and “article.”

It seems to me that solar flares are as good of an explanation as any for the 1947 upshot in flying saucer incidents, actual and fraudulent.

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But it is only one explanation for the epidemic of flying saucer sightings and hoaxes.

What I am proposing is that the electrically charged bursts from the Sun caused some persons to conflate their observations of mundane things in the sky for concrete objects of an esoteric kind.

This is what happened to Kenneth Arnold; he saw a flight of pelicans, a flight of prototypical Navy jets, or a mirage and thought it was a bevy of “saucer skipping aircraft.”

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The Maury Island episode was either a product of a misperception or the creation of addled minds that were afflicted by the 1947 solar flare anomaly. I prefer the latter.

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William Rhodes (or Rhoades) either saw and photographed a strange object in the sky over his Phoenix house in 1947 or he contrived a photo because he was made mentally disturbed by the influx of electrical impulses caused by the excessive solar flare activity of 1947.

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Ah, you scoff, but here are two passages on the affect of sun spots and solar flares on the mental capacity of humans:

International Journal of Biometeorology
Volume 43, Number 1, 31-37, DOI: 10.1007/s004840050113
ORIGINAL ARTICLE

The effects of extra-low-frequency atmospheric pressure oscillations on human mental activity
A. A. Delyukov and L. Didyk

Slight atmospheric pressure oscillations (APO) in the extra-low-frequency range below 0.1 Hz, which frequently occur naturally, can influence human mental activity. This phenomenon has been observed in experiments with a group of 12 healthy volunteers exposed to experimentally created APO with amplitudes 30–50 Pa in the frequency band 0.011–0.17 Hz. Exposure of the subjects to APO for 15–30 min caused significant changes in attention and short-term memory functions, performance rate, and mental processing flexibility. The character of the response depended on the APO frequency and coherence. Periodic APO promoted purposeful mental activity, accompanied by an increase in breath-holding duration and a slower heart rate. On the other hand, quasi-chaotic APO, similar to the natural perturbations of atmospheric pressure, disrupted mental activity. These observations suggest that APO could be partly responsible for meteorosensitivity in humans.

Chaotic solar cycles modulate the incidence and severity of mental illness
George E Davis Jr.a, , , Walter E Lowellb, 1,

Purchase a Augusta Mental Health Institute, Hospital Street, P.O. Box 724, Augusta, ME 04332, USA
b State of Maine, Department of Behavioral and Developmental Services, Augusta, ME 04332, USA

Received 18 August 2003; Accepted 10 November 2003. Available online 21 January 2004.

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Abstract:

This paper hypothesizes that the intensity of ultraviolet radiation (UVR) from the Sun predisposes humans to polygenic mutation fostering major mental illness (MMI) and other disorders of neurodevelopment. In addition, the variation in the intensity of this radiation acts to stress immune systems, possibly mediated by cytokines, resulting in variable clinical expressions of mental illness and autoimmune disorders. Organisms can adapt to chronic high-intensity UVR by producing melanin and by retaining various pigments. We found that 28% of 11-year solar cycles produce particularly severe solar flares during which UVR is 300% more intense and hence more damaging than normal. Out of a total of six severe cycles in the past 250 years, four have occurred in the past 55 years, possibly explaining the apparent increase in the incidence of MMI in recent decades. UVR is 10 times more mutagenic than ionizing radiation to nuclear DNA, and especially damaging to mitochondrial DNA. However, variable light as manifested by seasons stresses adaptability to UVR, possibly through an immune mechanism. We show that the region of the Earth having the most UVR, relative to the most variation in that light, is at 54±~10° (N or S) latitude. Therefore, the most potential damage from sunlight occurs between the Equator and the Poles, not at the Equator itself. The human brain, our most important organ of adaptability, must be able to survive environmental variation, with successful matching to the environment resulting in adaptation. Unsuccessful adaptation to UVR (and possibly other types of radiation) results in mutation, which can produce neuro-chemical abnormalities manifested by MMI. We postulate that the combination of intensity and variation in UVR serves as a global modulator of MMI.

Copyright © 2003 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.

Medical Hypotheses
Volume 62, Issue 2, February 2004, Pages 207-214

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As for Roswell, it seems that something happened near that town in 1947, something not other-worldly necessarily, but something concrete – a military accident of some kind – or a confluence of mental disturbances caused by solar flare activity, mental disturbances that caused some Roswellians to act out and act upon the mental constructs and aberrations that were created by solar flare activity supported by the backdrop of an almost prosaic accident of some kind.

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That is, some Roswell witness, overly stimulated by solar flare activity, ended up doing things and experiencing things that were not real in any objective sense. That, along with the mass hysteria or “group hallucinatory” possibilities, can account for the extrapolation that is now known as The Roswell Incident – a mythical meme based wholly on aberrant mental configurations and disturbances, underscored by a military incident that had nothing to do with an extraterrestrial intrusion or crashed flying disk.

One can take the data of solar flare activity for 1947 and other time-frames to see if solar flares or sun-busts might account for other hallucinated UFO episodes: The Hill abduction, the Pascagoula event, or the Travis Walton kidnapping.

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Also, intrusions of hoaxed materials or confabulated videos, photographs, and stories might be traced to an influx of solar flare activity during the time such contrivances are conceived.

Two recommended reports/books on solar flares and two papers on solar flares:

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Click here for Paper One – a PDF

Click here for Paper Two – also a PDF

RR

Nick Redfern's new June 2012 Book...

Another blockbuster book from Nick Redfern is in the offing.

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Contactees or Secret Agents? by Nick Redfern

Nick Redfern continues his examination of the Contactee "phenomenon."

Click HERE for Nick's take on the conjunction of contactees and secret agencies of the government(s).

Friday, October 21, 2011

Early Airships that are now called UFOs

Photos of airships, from the turn of the 20th century and 1915, indicate flying machines that were mistaken in some quarters, by some people, for other-worldly craft or advanced human-created aircraft.


Here are some German Zeppelins that show the kind of light rays that Anthony Bragalia found in his research of the 1966 Wanaque UFO sightings. (Everything old is new again, apparently.)

And sights of balloons, such as this one, guarding the English coastline, surely provoked awe among the general population of Britain, causing speculation that the flying contraptions were something other than what they really were.

The human imagination has a tendency to run away with itself. as a mechanism against the reality and/or boredom of everyday life.

Such fevered imaginings may also account for many flying saucer sightings of the late 1940s and 1950s, and some even today, rooted in the need for people to be part of something beyond the routine of daily living.

UFO researchers would do well to separate the wheat from the chaff; that is, they (ufologists, to use that coined epithet) have to search out truly unique UFO events, those that represent something more than a light in the sky.

We'll concentrate more and more, here, on sightings, new and old, that speak to something truly unusual, including those sightings that appear to be induced by psychopathology or hallucinatory elements. (Such bizarre sightings have been eschewed, pretty much, by some early flying saucer/UFO investigators, such as the eminent Donald Keyhoe and the NICAP crowd, while others, such as John Keel and Brad Steiger, got sidetracked by paranormal aspects of sightings that had nothing to do with the UFO sightings themselves, but were merely appurtanances that their personalities were attraced to or attracted.)

RR

Wednesday, October 19, 2011

A UFO with "ASTRONAUTS" using “STUN RAYS” by Jose Antonio Caravaca

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March 12, 1981 Life was to change abruptly for Juan Gonzalez Santos (42 years of age). On that morning he met face to face with "curious and not-so-sociable American astronauts."

About 10:40 a.m., Juan was at the wheel of his van by N-340 national road, towards Pelayo, a neighborhood on the outskirts of Algeciras, when he saw at the side of the road a "flashy" blaze that caught his attention.

At first he thought they were the lights of an ambulance and that there had been a car accident off the road. He stopped his car to walk to the site where he thought an accident had occurred.

In front of him, less than 25 m distance away from the road, separated by a row of eucalyptus trees, he saw a glowing object, dome-shaped (about 4 meters in diameter and 2 meters high, although with the legs could be measured nearly 4 meters in height) with 5 circular windows at the front, and a large one in the center (50 cm approx.), which seemed to revolve in the opposite direction to clockwise. What was it, Juan thought? He walked in the direction of the object, searching for answers.

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As he walked toward the strange artefact, he wondered if it was an American space module with problems, and without thinking twice decided that he would salute the astronauts (sic).

He was still pondering whether to salute the Apollo XI crew when at a few meters from the object, he decided, rather, to contemplate the scene.

The artefact, Juan González told Gómez Serrano, a veteran researcher who was one of the first to interview Juan, was fastened to telescopic legs, and had a bowl-shaped base.

This was clearly visible from where he stood, about fifteen or twenty yards from the object. The color of the artefact was a metallic gray, but brilliant like aluminum.

The object had no seams or screws or anything else that was familiar to him. It was compact and solid.

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Serrano calculated that the witness was about 20 meters from the UFO.

On the side was a shield or emblem of black. He had never seen anything like it elsewhere; the symbol was similar to a swastika. (There were more symbols or letters inside the "swastika" that he could not clearly make out.)

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Through the windows, Santos was aware of the existence of various beings, inside the craft, but he could only see them from the chest up and he could not see their legs.

On their heads they were wearing fitted helmets, similar to that used by scuba divers and, most curious of all, was that the part over the face was transparent like glass but molded to the face and highlighting it.

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Their clothes were brown.

He attempted to jump over a near-by wall that separated the boundaries and subdivisions of the field, when suddenly antennas emerged from the left side of the machine and shot a "Yampa" light (refers to a beam of light that has a solid appearance) that stopped him in his tracks.

He tried, again, to jump over the wall but was hit by another "Yampa" of light that made him moan, watering his eyes, and causing him to see colored lights everywhere, besides producing a sharp pain in the middle of his forehead.

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And Juan found that he could not move; he was somewhat paralyzed, but able to move his arms. He stood still because he thought the subjects within that machine did not want him to approach.

The alleged "astronauts," 4 or 5 of them, as seen in the window, seemed to talk among themselves while they kept looking at him. The humanoid in the middle, larger window was, watching Juan all the time, and had what looked like headphones on.

Yet Juan did not think that the humanoids were something extra-human.

(On December 3, 1967, in Ashland, Nebraska, a police officer, Herbert Schirmer, had an alleged close encounter with a alien whose description was strongly reminiscent of Juan’s humanoids, both in dress and in the strange "device" which covered the ears.)

After about 15 or 20 minutes, the legs and the central staircase of the object retreated, and the object, with static in the air (floating in total silence), began to rise,

The artefact was completely silent while in front of him during his ordeal of twelve minutes. He heard no noise.

However, when the object started to tremble (at launch) with undulating movements, it seemed to issue a hiss, like air, accompanied by strong air hose that left a strong smell like burnt electricity that he was not able to explain very well.

Juan Gonzalez added, at the end of his interview with Gómez Serano, a very important detail that I (Jose Caravaca) asked him about in a personal interview I had with him in the mid-nineties:

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During the time he was near the wall, he did not hear any noise, neither from the device or from the cars driving along the main road, N-340, in spite of the road being only a hundred feet from him. Nor did he see one car go by, to Algeciras, or to Tarifa. That is strange. The fact must be taken into account that the main road, Algeciras Cadiz, is one of the busiest of the city. After the disappearance of the object, cars began to go through the road.

The tracks left by the object were photographed by J.J. Benitez researcher, showing the shape of the rounded base of the legs.

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Each hole in the ground, had a depth of 9 cm (2 in front) and 8.75 centimeters (1 in the back) and 10 centimeters in diameter. Interestingly the more sunken traces corresponded to the extremities, by inclination of the land, which seemed to endure more weight. The weight was estimated at several tons.

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Nota Bene: Edited by Rich Reynolds, to whom any errors should be ascribed.

JAC/RR

Monday, October 17, 2011

Scaranormal and ...


We get lots of requests to tout paranormal or weird things that fall outside the UFO category.

So we have two blogs and a few web-sites to accommodate those requests.

One, just in, is about how to tell if your house is haunted.

It can be seen at Scaranormal

Or Fringeology

The 1974 Arrubal UFO Symbols (from Jose Antonio Caravaca)

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We think that symbols, insigniae, and/or letters and writing seen on UFOs are important clues -- perhaps leading to the source of UFOs or something else vital to an explanation of the UFO phenomenon, provided the sighting is bona fide and actual, not a hoax.

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Spanish researcher Jose Caravaca provides material from his UFO blog that intrigues:

THE UFO AT ARRUBAL

In Logroño November 29, 1974 an interesting UFO episode occurred.

It happened in the town of Arrubal, about 20 Kilometros from Bilbao, when in a field near the school, a group of 10 schoolchildren, ages between 6 and 12 years were playing football.

About 6 pm, Oscar Sagasti, looked up at the sky and saw a silver, metal-like object with elongated bright orange lights.It moved in a strange way, from one side in a zig-zag motion. Suddenly, in complete silence, it stopped short before the watchful eyes of children. One of the children threw a stone at the object and despite repeated attempts, missed the object as it was too far above them.

It was about four feet long, compared to the size of a vehicle.

But what surprised them most was the existence of letters and symbols on the object.

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After a few minutes of watching, the UFO rose slowly until it was lost behind a curtain of clouds.They also saw a red cloud that could belong to another object or perhaps the same from another angle.

The teacher was sure the children were telling the truth, all interviewed separately. They did not contradict their statements.

Then children drew what they saw on the whiteboard in class; some being like a letter, "M", "X" and "L".

"La Gaceta del Norte" sent an editor to cover the story, and readers know the details of the case under the headline: "El OVNI DE LOGROÑO".

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This is part of his interview with the students:

It was six o'clock. We had left school. We were playing in the field together. Oscar saw it first.

We looked up in to the sky and saw it. It was quiet. It went from one place to another.

In zig zag?

Yeah, And it also stood still, not moving,[for] like half a minute.

What shape was it?, Was it round?

No, elongated and down. So ...

One of the students, close to the blackboard, drew an ellipse reversed. It was cigar-shaped.

Was it big or small?

Large. More or less like a car. It was high, high, high. Higher than the height of a house.

Did it have lights?

Si. And it had letters.

Lyrics [letters]?

Yes, yes.

And you saw?

A “M”, an “X” and who knows what else...(another student interjected, a ”D” reversed).

One of the students drew, on the blackboard, the mysterious letters, with a sure hand, followed closely by his peers. The boys drew, one by one, all the signs vertically, as seen on the UFO.

Everyone agreed: "The letters were pure (sic) and very large."

At that time, Ana Mari, the Arrubal teacher, told us:

"They also repeated what they saw next day, one by one, separately and without contradictions"

The metal plate, was it shining?

Shining with silver and orange lights. Similar to an airplane.

But it was a plane?


No, no, and not a helicopter. We already know what they are. What we saw did not make any noise.

Did you see anyone?

No.

And the lyrics [letters],were they black?

No, the color of the dish (sic). You could see that some letters were a lot (sic) big and bright. They were like little lights.

Were you scared?

No, no. We told the gentlemen [the object] to come down (then we started throwing stones.)

In total how long did you see it? Five minutes?

Not less.

How did it disappear?

It was slowly getting through the clouds, slowly to Logroño. After that we did not see it. And then,in the clouds, came a red thing. As a light.

As if there was another flying saucer?

All red.

In 1997 "UFO Group" managed to locate some of the protagonists of the story who re-affirmed, point by point, what happened during that football game. UFO Group members, themselves, were able to speak personally with several of the former students who perfectly remembered the event of their childhood.

Joseba Orraca Cardaso interviewed Jose Antonio Ascaciba:

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"It was a very long, silent, the witness recalled, like a big cigar with bright reds, above our heads. I remember seeing signs or letters ... X M L ....is all I can remember. We started throwing stones throw at it and soon disappeared."

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Nota Bene -- Another UFO event happened in the same time-frame:

Curiously, the press of the time offered the testimony of a 18 year-old on 28 December, flowing through the N-111, between Viana and Logroño, near the intersection of Oyón, about 18:30 pm. The 18 year-old spotted a metal object in the sky and his vehicle was stopped in an inexplicable way. This is his narration:

"... the UFO released a kind of light rays into the engine of the car, as if to explore that part of the vehicle. Moments later, the flying object in the sky was lost The youth could not, implement without major difficulties, the car engine."

Courtesy of Jose Antonio Caravaca, edited by Rich Reynolds (from the submission)

Sunday, October 16, 2011

The Parallels between Jesus Christ and Roswell

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Just as there were niggardly references to Jesus of Nazareth, after his death, there were niggardly references to Roswell after that 1947 incident (as noted in my post showing the 1967 LOOK issue, Flying Saucers and in a comment from Christopher Allen).

No substantive account about Jesus appeared or is extant earlier than the Gospel of Mark, about thirty years after Jesus’ death, allegedly “helped” by The Holy Spirit

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No substantive account of the Roswell episode appeared earlier than the 1980 book, The Roswell Incident by Charles Berlitz and William L. Moore, covertly helped by Stanton Friedman.

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Subsequent books or “gospels” about Jesus, centering on his meaning and mission, culminating in his death and resurrection, appeared later, 60 A.D. to 300 A.D., (with the sojourns of St. Paul, peripheral to Jesus life, showing up around 50 A.D).

These gospels derive from witness accounts, not first-hand information from Jesus or those in his circle.

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Many books subsequent to the Berlitz/Moore work have appeared, all offering synopses of the Roswell event, culled from newspapers archives and alleged witness accounts, but no first-hand accounts of a flying disk crash.

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Christianity eventually became, with the help of Roman Emperor Constantine, the prevailing religion in the West.

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Roswell became, with the help of Stanton Friedman, the template for ufology’s extraterrestrial believers.

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While the divinity of Jesus and his alleged miracles and resurrection have been grist for theologians, religious lay persons, and atheists (or agnostics), the supposed crash landing of a flying disk, piloted by extraterrestrial entities, in Roswell, has similarly become fodder for UFO’s ET believers and skeptics (or debunkers, as the UFO fanatics put it).

Jesus of Nazareth has generated more controversy and writings than any other religious oriented subject.

Roswell, in the UFO context, has generated more controversy and writings than any other flying saucer event.

Persons claiming to be Christians have provided a myriad of experiences related to the Jesus phenomenon.

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Persons claiming to be Roswell witnesses or friends of same have provided myriad accounts tying them to the Roswell incident.

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Courtesy Kevin Randle (copyright owner)

Both kinds of witnesses engage intellectual or superficial scrutiny by others, with fervant debate deciding nothing that can be substantiated by fact or empirical proof: Jesus remains an enigma for many, believers and non-believers alike; Roswell, remains an enigma, generally, for believers and skeptics too.

The Jesus story has an alleged artifact from his death/resurrection: The Shroud of Turin.

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Roswell has artifacts from the alleged crash: misperceived debris.

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Both Jesus and Roswell have produced a mythos, a mythology of significant proportions.

Neither is related to the other, but they do resonate as historical “fables” or historical realities.

The Jesus story appears to be transcendent but Roswell appears to be preternatural also.

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Sociologists can work with the elements of both to determine the human interactions that provide the integration suggested here.

Jesus’ influence is much greater than Roswell, surely, but Roswell does mimic the vicissitudes that brought the Jesus movement to prominence, even if Roswell is a sociological canard.

But wait, the Jesus thrust has been just as fraught with fraud, falsity, or fallacious human interactions – the difference being that Roswell takes us nowhere theologically or philosophically relevant.

RR