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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.


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.”


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.


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.


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

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.


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

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.


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.


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:



Click here for Paper One – a PDF

Click here for Paper Two – also a PDF


Nick Redfern's new June 2012 Book...

Another blockbuster book from Nick Redfern is in the offing.

Click HERE for details from the publisher

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).


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There are episodes in the overwhelmingly puzzling UFO case series that prevent logical reasoning.

We are talking about close encounters where the witness is able to recognize different elements ("family") in the alleged alien craft and its occupants (ladders, uniforms, hats, letters, numbers, antennas, etc.) that would point to a supposed "alien technology" to mimetic that of humans, as if the unidentified crew members conducted a "pantomime" in the face of unsuspecting observers present, before their eyes, which is clearly recognizable and similar to the psyche of the witnesses and as what you might find on any other machine on earth.

Although initially hypothesized secret aircraft of military origin could explain many of these sightings, and hence the presence of these mundane factors and ordinary assumptions embedded in a vehicle from the confines of space would be logical, but in other events, overall strangeness of the encounter rises to its maximum power. Our admired John Keel said with great success in his book UFOs: Operation Trojan Horse, "the hilarious mystery of flying saucers slowly transformed into a complicated series of coincidences and paradoxes as we enter the data, without taking anything, and considering all as objectively as possible. "

A clear example of what we try to expose is what we find in a dramatic and disturbing case in the sixties in the United States that brought about an official government investigation.

The detailed description made by the principal involved leaves no doubt as to the complexity of the UFO phenomenon, showing that "everyday" and "extraordinary" go together to override our ability to analyze and understand. No other single incident could present such an amount of absurd and paradoxical details that would only serve to undermine the credibility of the witness's story. On the one hand his testimony appears to reflect the fleeting encounter with a military prototype, but nevertheless, if we analyze his account, it is noticeable that the rate of strangeness of it leaves the door open to all kinds of speculation.

This is the story:


Mr. William "Eddie" Laxton, an electronic engineer for 56 years at Temple, Oklahoma, experienced a unique encounter with the unknown.

It all started about 5:30 am on the morning of March 23, 1966, on a stretch of Highway 70, between Oklahoma and Texas, where Mr. Laxton routinely drove to his teaching job at Sheppard Base Air Force (Wichita Falls, Texas).

At that time the witness was surprised to see a great light on the road. Then he saw an odd machine elongated across the road at an angle of 45 degrees that prevented his passage. The machine seemed to be composed of aluminum and was about 22 meters long and 2.5 meters high and 3.5 meters wide. It had a window in the side like a porthole and was supported by 4 legs. At the top was a six-foot antenna bent backward. The machine was shaped like a fish, divided into 4 equal sections.


Mr. Laxton stopped his van about 90 yards from the machine and approached on foot to about 50 meters from it; the extreme luminosity of the phenomenon allowed him to see with perfect clarity.

"There were four very bright lights on both sides (...) bright enough for a man to read a newspaper from a mile away."

Mr. Laxton subsequently confirmed to journalist Paul Harvey and ufologist Hayden Hewes that the thing seemed to be lit from within and "had a plastic bubble in front, a meter in diameter, and he could see light through it."

The witness said it was similar to the cockpit of a B -26. At the back was a horizontal structure of about 76 cm long and a "kind of stabilizer tail." The side of the aircraft had some numbers and letters painted on a vertical black and "dark circular window. "Laxton thought it was the initials TL and the number 47 (or 41) and 68.


Nota Bene: Mr Laxton said researchers and members of the USAF who interviewed him that on one side of the UFO could observe a group of letters and numbers vertically.

Due to the distance the author of the report questions whether the presence of other symbols in the distance could lead to confusion about what the witness actually viewed. In this way the right columma collected the letters and numbers reported by Mr. Laxton. The next column shows a possible interpretation of the symbols. The following study suggests that perhaps the signs that had fewer mistakes were TL 6 7.

Without meaning to, the investigation concluded that the interpretation made by the researchers reflected the Blue Book could be certain to note that the first signs were TLA, as the number 4 can also be understood as the letter A. (ACCOMPANYING THE NUMBER LEFT The last column indicates the likely number of variations offered IN THIS STUDY)

At the bottom of the object, he perceived a gate about 120 cm tall and 60 cm wide. The hatch was open and he saw a white light inside. Under the machine appeared a silhouette of a “person” who seemed to be busy in repair functions of the machine, using 'something' like a flashlight.


The “person” noticed the presence of Laxton and climbed into the object via a short ladder.

Asked about the appearance of the “person,” the engineer said he had a height of 1.5 meters and about 80 kilos and Laxton estimated the “person’s” age between 30 to 35 years.

"He wore a two-piece suit like a green military uniform with a "baseball cap.” He thought it had three bands above and three below on the sleeve (like the stripes of a sergeant major). The bands were in a bow and below the lines are in a more broadly V."


Nota Bene: The occupant of the UFO showed a badge on his suit, in the upper arm. In this picture the author of the report shows three possible ways of sticking to the story marks the witness (numbers 1, 2, 3). Compared with the observed symbol UFO landing in Socorro (New Mexico, 04/24/64) Drawings A, B, C (the author includes three versions of the emblem, the most probable being the marked with an A).

When the door closed, the sound produced was like "metal hitting metal."

Moments later Laxton heard a noise like a drill running at high speed, then the huge metallic “fish” rose from the ground to about 15 '5 feet and disappeared at high speed, about seven hundred kilometers per hour, toward the Red River.

After the machine left, Laxton said he felt static electricity in the air, "the hair on the back of my neck stood on end and [on] my hands."

Following the departure of the strange "fish" metal, Laxton drove for a little over a mile until he found a truck parked beside the road. The truck’s driver, Anderson C. W. Snyder of Oklahoma, said he had seen, in his mirror, a light towards the river. No other vehicles traveling the road saw or reported the aircraft.


Days later, after learning of the experience through the local newspaper, Laxton was interviewed by researchers at Northwestern University, Institute of Atmospheric Physics, and the U.S. Air Force.

"I was interviewed by 25 or 30 people -- generals, majors, captains, sergeants, clerks, and stenographers.

They had me draw pictures of the object and tell everything I knew about it. They asked the questions and I answered ".

The electrician told investigators that the USAF commanders were very upset that the press had gotten the story before them.

After presenting a full report at the home base where he taught, a colonel, accompanied by several officers, asked him to lead them to the exact location of the sighting.

"We were there about 30 or 35 minutes. I answered more questions while several men searched the area. I got the impression that they knew what they were doing."

“You saw a helicopter," one officer said sharply.

Although later the USAF announced that "we contacted various organizations around the Temple area to identify a possible experiment or possible conventional aircraft. All attempts in this direction were unsuccessful because there was no plane in the area at the time of the sighting, although there are numerous experimental helicopters and other aircraft in the area, not [for] the date of March 23, 1966."

In the official list prepared by the Blue Book (Governmental Commission for the study of UFOs), the case is officially registered as UNKNOWN.

A summary of the account, written by USAF officers only differed in some measures from what was narrated to reporters and civilian researchers:

"March 23, 1966. Temple, Oklahoma. 5:05 tomorrow. The instructor, Eddie Laxton of Sheppard AFB, while driving in the U.S. W Highway 70, found his way blocked by a fish-shaped plane landed on the road, about 23 meters long, almost 2.5 meters high, 3.5 meters wide, with a Plexiglas bubble at its top with bright lights ahead and astern. Laxton stopped his car about 91 meters of the device. He walked toward the object to about 15.5 meters away, watching some letters TLA138 or TLA738 [or TL 4768].


He saw a Do men [sic] with a baseball hat, which [went] up a ladder to the object, then immediately the object made a sound like a whistle or a drill and went to the SE at about 700 mph. (1,100 km per hour). No trace of the landing. Laxton found another witness, C. W. Anderson, [about] a mile [away]."

William Laxton likely approached the machine at a distance of close to 15 meters, identified by the official survey, otherwise it is difficult to conceive of the 50 meters that the various ufologists reported about the incident, which wouldn’t allow Laxton to distinguish so many clear details of the aircraft and its crew or the bands that were on the "suit."

It is also noteworthy that the object started to rise with a speed estimated at more than 1,000 kilometers per hour. This detail is significant because such haste in its departure would indicate that it was a prototype of a large transport helicopter being tested or that it was some kind of prototype airship.



A year earlier there was a similar case....

It happened in the city of Poast, Ohio on October 4, 1965, when at about 18:45 pm, Mrs. Helen Tucker and three girls were in her vehicle, traveling around town, when they saw a bright object in the sky, with flashing red and white lights that gave off sparks of color.

From the car, Mrs. Tucker watched as the UFO landed on Carmody Blvd beyond the depression of the river. Then the strange UFO took off vertically towards the airport; its luminous appearance reminded the witness "to that of a Christmas tree."

The detailed description of the aircraft indicated a red object "as cast iron," with bright wings that protruded from the fuselage, and a cockpit that appeared as a transparent vault at the top.

"[It] worked like a helicopter but possessed great speed," said the witnesses.

Sergeant David Moody, based at Wright Patterson Air Base, failed to identify the aircraft observed by the women, but found another witness, a pilot. The police department confirmed the existence of others who had seen the presence of a strange light in the sky.

(Asked by the local press about the official investigation of UFOs in the country, the military said that in 1965 the USAF had collected 700 reports, of which 15 remained unidentified.)


Eight years before William Laxton sightings in November 1957, there was an interesting case that bears some similarities with that reported by the electrical engineer.

Again, we find the description of a UFO light in the middle of the road, and the observation of letters and numbers on the fuselage.

Our protagonist, Haskell Raper, was driving home during a rainy night when he spotted a light on the road which he thought might be a truck.

Suddenly, from that "thing" came a powerful beam of light that stopped his car about 5 meters from the scene.

Haskell then found that this was not a truck. It was an oval object about 5 feet long and 3 meters wide, green, like a military vehicle.

To his surprise, on the fuselage of the object were the letters “UN” followed by some numbers that he could not remember.

Excited, Raper, while watching the scene, experienced an intense heat wave that came from the object, and his car began to burn rapidly.

In terror, he jumped out of his 1956 Ford which was destroyed by fire.

The UFO then rose, emitting a sound like a diesel engine. Haskell Raper ran over 2 miles until he came to town to tell his traumatic experience. The only vestige of his sighting was his burnt car in the middle of the road.


Few events, such as that as experienced by Mr. Laxton, demonstrate the remarkable ability to recreate the UFO phenomenon by "staging" a hodgepodge of symbols easily identifiable and especially assimilated by the witness in an abnormal context.
The military clothing of the occupant of the device, including "baseball cap" and the letters and numbers spotted on the side of the aircraft, were all elements familiar to the witness from his work in a military environment. Even the work of “inspection” of the aircraft by the pilot perpetrated a very human resort: "the repair of damage with a flashlight in hand."

No doubt this close encounter was part of a studied theatricality but sufficient strange elements" to make the witness believe that what appeared to him was an “alien landing." Keel, in his aforementioned work, confirmed this fact, "these objects [are] chosen most often [to] appear in forms that can be easily accepted and explained to our own satisfaction."

It is curious that the extensive knowledge of the witness on military aircraft fittings was represented in his experience in a way so clear, to "suspect" his imagination to contribute to a "construction involuntary" of an "close encounter" adding with these individual military items, to facilitate comprehension.

Neither should we forget that the experience seems to pass in a "portion" of reality away from everyday life, because during Laxton’s inspection, there were no vehicles on the road, as if an "invisible bubble" had taken place away from the scene of our space and time, giving Laxton an air of dreamlike own or mystical experience.

The outstanding researcher Jacques Vallee said in the book “Dimensions” in this regard: "The flying saucer enthusiasts believe that UFOs are simply machines used by visitors from other planets. This belief is totally naive. The explanation is too simplistic to account for the diversity of behavior of the occupants and their relationship with humans. The visitors would have fun, masking the real nature, and infinitely more complex technology that generates the sightings."

To conclude: "His statements can not be reduced to spacecraft screws and bolts. The UFOs are physical manifestations impossible to understand outside their psychic and symbolic reality. We are not witnessing an invasion of beings from elsewhere. It is a spiritual system that acts on humans and uses humans."

The researcher Salvador Freixedo’s classic and indispensable work, “Visionaries, mystics and extraterrestrial contact” is vital to the understanding [that] some UFO experiences "can actually say that the whole UFO phenomenon is greatly distorted. And this is further aggravated when we realize…that the UFO phenomenon… is intentionally distorted so that our mind will [find it] impossible to reach the real causes that produce it. The adventures and crazy things that very often [happen to] those who claim to have been in contact with UFOs has caused them not to believe anything about the whole phenomenon because of this distortion to the mind…"

Dr. Scott Rogo, in his book "The Enchanted Universe," reminds Freixedo, Keel and Vallee, that "something is true; the UFOs are the product or the source of psychic disturbances, neither purely physical nor purely mental. They move in a buffer zone.”

Michel Carrouges, in his legendary book "The Martians Appear," includes a case that illustrates perfectly this line of inquiry:

"The incident occurred October 12 1954 at about 21 hours in the field. Therefore, it whould be dark. An agricultural worker of 48 years, the witness, was alone. Suddenly [he] saw a "saucer" in the soil, 2 feet from him. It was shaped like a car, a "RENAULT 4 CV," and had wheels. [There was] a pilot with an Hallab edge of 1.50 m., [who] was garbed in a cap and a leather jacket.

Challenged by the witness, the pilot did not respond and jumped on board the machine, about 30 feet over the road, and took flight as an airplane."

Carrouges can not hide his dismay at such an inscrutable episode: a close encounter with a flying saucer that had wheels, "The description is so baroque that we should put aside this incident, but since it is contained in a line of Aimé Michel’s Orthotony, the incident must then be objective [sic], but its content dark and unusable."

These types of events lead us to propose the thesis that by some unknown mechanism or capacity, the " intelligences " that control the phenomenon of UFO are able to "tune in" to our mind when we are close to establishing contact, and “they” extract from it information to form the staging that will occur, including the appearance of the UFO (wings, wheels, windows, symbols, etc.), crew (height, clothing, etc.) and even the same behavior of the humanoids (observer, collector, aggressive, et cetera).

These episodes are disconcerting, so different from each other, and they differ between witnesses.

Being in close collaboration with our psyches, these " intelligences " make and unmake our observed experience, enriching the observation, our culture, folklore, beliefs and even our personalities, thus distorting the true reality and moving us away from any certainty of finding an answer to their real existence and purpose.

The "channeling" and interpretations of some of the close encounters through our particular mental filters, magically allows the witnesses to become co-creators and interpreters of the anomalous experiences we are perceiving.

A true "cosmic theater" that we wrote part of without being aware of it, a device whose purpose is to perpetrate deception, deceit, and mockery of goals and objectives that we cannot venture.

John Keel: "The real problems that lie behind the UFO phenomenon are so complex and so startling that at first they seem incomprehensible. Much speculation beliefs and popular reports are based on prejudice, and misunderstanding and the inability to see beyond the limits of any frame of reference that you are using."

JAC with editing by RR (to whom errors may be addressed)

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.)


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.


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.


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.)


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.


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.


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:


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.


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.


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


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.

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


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.


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".


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?


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:


"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 all I can remember. We started throwing stones throw at it and soon disappeared."



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


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.


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.


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.


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


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


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.


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

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.


Roswell has artifacts from the alleged crash: misperceived debris.


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.


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.