The UFO Iconoclast(s)

Saturday, October 29, 2011

UFOs and Collateral Damage


Jose Antonio Caravaca has a new piece about two UFO episodes in Spain in the mid 1970s during which witnesses seem to have been harmed by actions from the UFOs.


You can read Jose's detailed account(s) at his blog, The Caravaca Files, by clicking HERE

Friday, October 28, 2011

A Confluence of Coincidences or Something Significant?

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We are, admittedly, smitten with the 1964 Socorro UFO sighting by Lonnie Zamora.

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The reasons for our “obsession” are many, as noted here, at this blog (and others) over the past few years.

But one reason centers on the knowledge that other, similar, almost identical UFO sightings took place on the same day as Officer Zamora’s sighting [4/24/1964] or in the same time-frame.

For instance, a day after Officer Zamora’s episode, witness Orlando Gallegos saw an object, in La Madera, New Mexico [a few hundred miles north of Socorro] that was virtually identical to the Socorro craft.

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And Gary Wilcox, in Newark Valley, New York, on April 24th, 1964, the same day as Officer Zamora’s sighting, reported a strange encounter with an egg-shaped craft that was accompanied by two “beings” (like those seen by Zamora), dressed in white, metallic coveralls.

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Farmer Wilcox, who couldn’t have known about Lonnie Zamora’s encounter – Wilcox’s incident took place at 10 a.m. in the morning; Zamora’s incident took place about 6:50 p.m.

While Lonnie Zamora had no interaction with the two beings he spotted and Gallegos saw no beings during his sighting, Wilcox had a “conversation” with the intruders on his land; they said they were from Mars, and had “spoken to people before.”

Details of the Wilcox sighting can be read HERE and you will find our May 2011 note about the Wilcox sighting HERE

What is revelatory for me, is that it is strangely coincidental that such similar sightings took place around or on the same date, with timings that don’t allow confabulation.

Anthony Bragalia and Frank Stalter discount the Socorro sighting as a bona fide UFO incident, claiming the sighting was prompted by a raft of New Mexico Institute Technology students, out to embarrass Officer Zamora ostensibly because he “harassed” them. Bragalia also dismisses the Gallegos’ sighting as there were implications, by the police at the scene, that the smell of alcohol was present.

But how do Stalter and Bragalia explain the Wilcox sighting?

And how do we slide our Hughes lunar-lander prototype into the Wilcox scenario?

The problem with the Bragalia/Stalter conjecture – although circumstantially replete – and our Hughes Aircraft hypothesis lies in the distance between Newark Valley, New York and Socorro, New Mexico, the only concrete connection being the “New” sobriquet for the states.

(Of course, one can make a claim that the “New” in New York and New Mexico has meaning, paranormally, but that for another time.)

My point is that the prank explanation for Socorro and the Hughes testing hypothesis are tangential (and errant) when one takes into account the strange Wilcox tale, and also, somewhat, the Gallegos sighting.

Something bizarre happened in late April 1964, something that hasn’t been duplicated since.

Of course a lack of recidivism works against Socorro, La Madera, and the Newark valley incidents being relevant to the UFO phenomenon, in toto, but such similar incidents can provide a clue, as transient as hat clue may be, to what UFOs are or were.

That said (or, rather, written), the three sightings noted here allow us to downplay or even dismiss the prank theory for Socorro, along with our Hughes prototype conjecture….if we are being ufologically objective.

RR

Wednesday, October 26, 2011

Robur the Conqueror and the Air-ship wave of the 1890s

Jose Caravaca has provided an analysis of the air-ship wave of the 1890s, comparing them to Jules Verne's ship The Albatross in "Robur the Conqueror" and "Master of the World."

You can read Jose's determination at his new blog(with us) by clicking HERE

A 1950 UFO sighting (from Jose Caravaca)


DIARIO DE BURGOS: 30 DE MARZO DE 1950

The sighting was on March 29, 1950 at 12:15 am, exactly. At the airport was the chief commander of sector Villafria (BURGOS-SPAIN) Esteban Ibarreche and Captain Don Salvador Hedilla Ruiz Gómez, head of the weather service, accompanied by teletype service manager Don Francisco Bescós Mombrano Sgt transmissions. They heard a noise similar to that produced by the passage of a plane at a considerable height. Captain Ruiz Gomez told reporters: "... the flying wing produced a perceptible buzz though much smaller than the noise of the aircraft.

"The vision lasted three minutes and the engine, after declining significantly in speed, disappeared in the horizon, going into the clouds, heading south-southwest.

"Look, I clocked the time it takes to discover the binoculars, it took exactly 35 seconds, well, in that short period of time, or until I locate, moved about 10 km which, according to calculations made with the Head of Sector commander of the airfield, Mr. Ibarreche, suggests it would take a speed of 700 to 1000 km per hour.

I insist that all these data are not strictly accurate, but relative. "

JAC

Tuesday, October 25, 2011

News from our U.K. friend, James Clark...


MY NEW ARTICLE: 'Might This Be The Best Way To See A Ghost?'

I'm sitting in a blacked-out room, gazing into the empty depths beyond a mirror's surface, waiting for a spirit to appear. The only source of light is a small candle behind me, throwing flickering shadows onto the darkened walls and ceiling, and the overall effect is more than a little eerie.

To be honest, I'm a bit nervous here. My memory is traitorously exhuming thoughts of creepy Japanese girls with hair-cowled faces, of the Bloody Mary legend, and of countless slasher films in which a mirror suddenly reveals your killer standing just behind your shoulder. What the hell am I doing here? ...

Continued HERE

IN OTHER NEWS:

There are changes afoot at ‘The Morton Report’ website, which will soon be focusing more clearly on its core subjects: celebrities and royals. It’s the right move for the site in my opinion, although as you might imagine the new slant’s not exactly my forte!

Consequently, my paranormal-themed articles might appear less regularly for a while. It’s not the end of the road for them though, as there’s an exciting new aspect to the changes underway. I’m not sure how much I’m allowed to reveal just yet, so all I’ll say is watch this space for further details!

In the meantime, have a great Halloween weekend!

With best wishes,

James Clark

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The Ancient Alien Question by Philip Coppens


Philip Coppens' new book is sub-titled A New Inquiry Into the Existence, Evidence, and Influence of Ancient Visitors.

Journalist Coppens is the scruffy guy who appears in The History Channel’s popular Ancient Aliens series.

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When I see him on television, I think that he should cut his hair and get a shave, but after reading his new book, I should just keep quiet and savor Mr. Coppens erudition and exceptional writing abilities.

The man is brilliant and scholarly, in that he provides a surfeit of sources and information to bolster his view that extraterrestrials once saturated the Earth, leaving knowledge and remnants seen or found in a plethora of locales, such as Egypt, Meso-America, and a lot of other places.

He sometimes moderates von Däniken’s views, as those about the Nazca lines, which von Däniken has ameliorated himself since his first hypothesis about the lines representing landing strips for alien spacecraft.

Many of the artifacts touted by ancient astronaut theorists are included in Mr. Coppens illustrative array of words, drawings, and photos -- a batch of splendid colored pics lie in the middle of the 320 page book.

Ancient Astronaut aficionados will find much that they’ve read in von Däniken’s books or have seen in the History Channel series, but Mr. Coppens provides little known details that are fresh for even the most knowledgeable AA enthusiast.

I read things about Carl Sagan – a man I thought I knew a little about – that enlightened.

Information about Oannes, the Sumerian fish-god [Page 197 ff.], the Piri Reis map [Page 189 ff.], ancient India flying machines [Page 113 ff.], Crystal skulls [Page 126 ff.], and Panspermia (and Louis Pasteur) [Page 225 ff.] are just a few of the many topics Mr. Coppens elaborates on, often with esoteric details not well-known even to the well-read.

The book has footnotes, an extensive bibliography, and a generous index, but it’s the overwhelming impact of the AA clues in the text that make the case for alien visitation in the past.

Skeptics and debunkers will have a difficult time eschewing what Coppens brings to the ancient astronaut table, bolstering the views of von Däniken all the while and giving a nod to those, such as William Bramley (The Gods of Eden), who’ve also provided AA views.

The book retails for $19.99 and can be found at Amazon.com, of course, Powell’s books, and other established bookstores, online and off.

It’s a New Page book, which is a Division of The Career Press, Inc., Pompton Plains, NJ.

More about Philip Coppens can be found at http://www.philipcoppens.com

Information about the book, the author, and other books of the genre can be found at http://www.warwickassociates.net

New Page Books is at http://www.newpagebooks.com

Career Press is located online at http://www.careerpress.com

RR

A Modern “Metaphor” for Roswell


Read this story (Click HERE).

If the government would go to the lengths as outlined in this news report, in 2011, over a piece of Moon dust, it is easy to believe that, in 1947, after WWII, with The Cold War in its fetal stage, the government would apply similar pressures (or more stringent pressures) during the Roswell incident which, purportedly, involved an extraterrestrial flying disk crash, with bodies.

Some of the witness tales, about being warned to keep their mouths shut, along with the accumulation by the military of alleged debris and other elements related to the supposed crash, do not seem so farfetched when one compares what happened to the 74 year-old grandmother in the story (above) with what some Roswell witnesses said happened to them in 1947.

Maybe Roswellian skeptics would do well to re-examine their doubts in light of this present-day imbroglio.

RR